Carol is employed in the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) Cymru, specifically involved in the areas of Involvement and Engagement in research. She commenced a PhD in January 2015.
Carol originally worked as a therapy radiographer in the UK and Australia before completing an MA in Health Promotion at Brighton University. She worked within the voluntary sector as a health development worker alongside voluntary sector and health and local authority colleagues for many years. Carol recently worked in the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network (OPAN) Cymru in Swansea as the network coordinator and developed a keen interest in ageing issues and research activities, particularly the involvement of older people in the research process. Carol was involved in OPAN’s exciting transformation into the new Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR).
She commenced her PhD in January 2015. This will focus on the ‘role of social support networks on the dementia literacy of older people’. Health literacy can provide opportunities to empower individuals and communities to better manage their own health and reduce poor health outcomes. This PhD aims to estimate the current dementia health literacy status in the older population and to identify gaps in their understanding of dementia. This may then better inform practitioners and policy makers, for example, about individual’s and their social support networks needs around dementia issues and potentially which type of interventions may be most suitable for health education and health promotion.