The UK population is ageing and adapting to this trend poses economic, social and political challenges. Finding the best way to respond requires interdisciplinary research and working together with external stakeholders, including the general public.
The University of York Ageing Network provides the necessary platform to make this happen. It builds on existing collaborations across departments and faculties and forges new working relationships. Together, our network members deliver research that speaks to local priorities, with national and international applicability, within the university's Ageing Research portfolio.
Falls prevention in older people
The Occupational Therapist Intervention Study (OTIS) was a multi-centred randomised controlled trial with an economic evaluation and nested qualitative study. It evaluated the clinical and cost effectiveness of a home environment assessment and modification, to reduce falls among older people.
Professor David Torgerson is the Director of the York Trials Unit. As well as being a health economist he is a trial methodologist with over 400 publications, including a portfolio of trials of interventions aimed at improving the health of older people. He was senior investigator on the OTIS trial.
Self-funding social care
Making decisions about social care in later life can be complex and emotional. For many people who pay for their care themselves, known as self-funders, there is so much information available that it can be hard to find the right information or know who to talk to. The purpose of this project is to create a decision support tool that aims to help older people make decisions about paying for social care.
Dr Wilberforce is a social care and social work researcher with a background in economics, and a particular interest in the community support of older people with dementia and mental health needs.
Mental wellbeing in later life
The MODS programme of research aims to develop and evaluate an intervention using Behavioural Activation within a Collaborative Care framework for older adults with long term physical-health conditions and low mood or depression. The intervention aims to support people to improve their physical and psychological functioning.
Professor David Ekers is a nurse leader with over 30 years' experience in mental health. For the past 15 years he has operated as a senior Nurse Consultant in Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT combining clinical, research and leadership roles.