Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

11 March 2021

Organised by: IGS in partnership with ICSG and CESRD


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Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

This series of online meetings runs from December 2020 until May 2021

Fourth Meeting: Thursday, March 11th 2021.  15.00-16.30

Continuum of Care and People with Dementia


This series is a collaboration between The Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (CESRD), at NUI Galway.


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Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems During COVID-19   

Informing new directions in public policy through research with diverse and vulnerable older adult groups

The aim of this webinar is to examine the continuum of care for people with dementia in Ireland and to explore alternative housing and accommodation models across the care continuum. There is robust evidence to support public investment in ageing in place, universal design, enhanced home support services and targeted home adaptation for people with dementia. The final piece of the jigsaw is generating support for a new kind of homelike residential care experience that is focused on personhood and independent living for people with dementia, with opportunities for engagement, interaction and meaningful activities.

The webinar brings together a number of speakers to address these issues including Prof. Eamon O’Shea, NUI Galway; Dr Fiona Keogh NUI Galway;  Dr Niamh Hennelly, Trinity College Dublin; Edel Murphy PPI NUI Galway. Prof. David Challis, University of Nottingham will serve as respondent.


Welcome    Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Irish Gerontological Society

Introduction and Meeting Chair - Dementia and the Continuum of Care  
Professor Eamon O’Shea, Director, Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia, NUI Galway 

Post-diagnostic Support and the Dementia Care Model for Ireland
Dr Fiona Keogh, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia, NUI Galway

Personhood in Dementia
Dr. Niamh Hennelly, Research Fellow in The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA), in Trinity College Dublin

Public Patient Involvement (PPI) and Dementia Research on the Continuum
Edel Murphy, Programme Manager, PPI Ignite @ NUI Galway

Response: International Developments Along the Continuum
Professor David Challis , Research in Social Care for Older People (RSCOP) University of Nottingham, U.K. 

Panel discussion with Q & A



Eamon O’Shea is Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway and Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia. He is a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Leader in dementia in Ireland.


Diarmuid O’Shea is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).  He is a UCD medical graduate.  He was Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People with the HSE until 2019 and Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training from 2017 to 2019.  He has held the position of Vice-President of Education and Professional Development in the RCPI and acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He is immediate past president of the Irish Gerontological Society.


Fiona Keogh is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia (CESRD) in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Fiona’s primary degree is in Psychology. She has over 20 years’ experience in conducting health services research, evaluation and policy analysis in Ireland, in dementia, mental health, disability and other areas. Throughout her career she has worked directly with people using health services in research and policy development.  Her special interest is policy development and the implementation of policy in complex systems. Fiona has written national policy in Ireland and has published numerous papers and reports.


Niamh Hennelly is a Research Fellow in The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA), in Trinity College Dublin. Her work centres on the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) on the advancement of social care in Ireland. This is a joint project with TILDA and the Department of Health. Prior to working with TILDA, Niamh worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher with the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, NUI Galway, where her work focused on social research in dementia. She completed her PhD in the Centre in 2020. Her PhD examined personhood in dementia in formal care relationships in Ireland and was funded by the Irish Research Council. In the past, Niamh has also worked for Age Action Ireland where she gained insight into the lived experience of older people in the community. Her research interests include social gerontology, dementia, health policy and health services research.


Edel Murphy is the national programme manager for the PPI Ignite Network. The PPI Ignite Network aims to develop a shared voice for PPI on an All-Ireland basis, advancing the involvement of the public, patients and carers in health and social care research, from generation of ideas to communication of results and influencing policy. 


David Challis is Professor of Social Care at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, and Founder Director of the PSSRU at the University of Manchester. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator. Current work includes studies of care coordination in older people’s and long-term conditions services, social care in prisons, and a range of studies in old age mental health services.

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Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems: Continuum of Care and People with Dementia

03.30       Prof Eamon O'Shea

25:05       Dr Fiona Keogh

1:00:30    Edel Murphy

1:15:20    Prof David Challis