Thesis title: Development and application of flavonoid intake assessment methods to determine the impact of fruit flavonoids on cognition and physical functioning in older adults.
Thesis impact: This body of work provides a well-rounded approach to address the most significant gaps in current literature surrounding the impact of flavonoid consumption on aspects of cognitive and physical functioning. The four studies relate to measuring the consumption and bioactivity of dietary flavonoids and then using these measurements to determine their outcomes on cognitive function, especially in older adults with cognitive impairment. This PhD contributes to literature covering basic sciences, nutrition, psychology, nursing and public health, with each study contributing a novel and innovative investigation.
Current role: PhD Student and Casual Academic in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Graduation: expected to graduate in 2016
Thesis title: Evaluating the Impact of Physical Activity on Health and Well-Being Outcomes for Individuals Living with a Dementia in Residential Accommodation
Thesis impact:. My research will help to provide evidence on the positive impact physical activity can have on individuals living with a dementia in residential accommodation and the benefit of Physiotherapists working in this area.
Current role: PhD student and Physiotherapist based in aged care
Graduation: expected to graduate in: 2016
Thesis title: Indigenous Aunties, dementia and dance: An ethnographic study
Thesis impact: My study is a dance intervention adopting ethnography as its evaluation strategy. The aim of the study was to explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living with a dementia in a nursing home who participated in a structured dance program. The study was undertaken on the south coast of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region. Participant observation, including informal conversations, was the data collection method adopted and thematic analysis was used to generate the findings. These methods enabled me to fully immerse myself within the group while I delivered the structured dance program to the Aunties. In designing the structured dance program I drew on my 30 years’ experience as a local dance teacher. The dance intervention was delivered one day a week over eighth weeks. The findings will provide evidence about the effects of a structured dance programme on the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living with a dementia in a nursing home.
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