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Enhancing the well-being of older men with dementia
Dr Ben Hicks (Lecturer Academic in Health Psychology at Bournemouth University)
Older men and those living with dementia are often reluctant to participate in community activities that can support their sense of identity and well-being. This talk will discuss why this might be and then outline work that the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre are undertaking to engage this difficult to reach population. In particular, it will focus on a series of technology clubs that have used off-the-shelf gaming technology (iPads, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect) as a medium to appeal to older men with dementia.
Uncertainty and Control: How people with obsessive-compulsive disorders cope with decision-making in gambling tasks?
Dr Ellen Seiss (Senior Lecturer)
All of us routinely make decisions without having the full picture about any given situation. Even when we try to gather additional information, or predict outcomes, we still face uncertainty in our decision-making process. We will be looking at several decision-making scenarios and at how different people approach these tasks. How do individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorders make decisions in these situations, when their preference is to have full certainty?
Eating behaviour in older adults
Dr Emmy van den Heuvel (Lecturer)
UK statistics show that 1 in 10 older adults is malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, most of which live in the community. When people get older, their dietary requirements may change, while eating habits do not tend to change accordingly. Of course, there are individual differences and many different challenges to changing eating behaviour. So the better we understand eating behaviour, the easier it is to design more successful strategies to help change eating behaviour in a way that fits people’s lifestyles and preferences and support good health and wellbeing.