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Emma Wolverson

Senior Lecturer Ageing and Dementia. Research Lead for Dementia UK.


Caring from a distance – carers’ experiences of keeping in touch with care home residents during COVID-19 closures. (2022)
Journal Article
White, C., Wray, J., Whitfield, C., & Wolverson, E. (2022). Caring from a distance – carers’ experiences of keeping in touch with care home residents during COVID-19 closures. International Journal of Care and Caring, https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16666566787347

In response to COVID-19 many care homes (CHs) closed to visitors, and new ways for carers and residents to stay in touch were tried. This UK study employed an online survey to explore carer experiences of staying in touch from a distance. The researc... Read More about Caring from a distance – carers’ experiences of keeping in touch with care home residents during COVID-19 closures..

Extending Understanding of ‘Care’ as an embodied phenomenon: Alexander Teacher Perspectives on Restoring Carers to Themselves (2022)
Journal Article
Woods, C., Wolverson, E., & Glover, L. (in press). Extending Understanding of ‘Care’ as an embodied phenomenon: Alexander Teacher Perspectives on Restoring Carers to Themselves. International Journal of Care and Caring, https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16643644394404

Data from an international survey of teachers of the Alexander Technique – an embodied form of self-care – illustrate their perspectives on how AT supports caring by combatting carer self-loss. Understanding of care as an embodied phenomenon is furth... Read More about Extending Understanding of ‘Care’ as an embodied phenomenon: Alexander Teacher Perspectives on Restoring Carers to Themselves.

’I am teaching them and they are teaching me’: Experiences of teaching Alexander Technique to people with dementia (2022)
Journal Article
Wolverson, E., Glover, L., & Woods, C. (2022). ’I am teaching them and they are teaching me’: Experiences of teaching Alexander Technique to people with dementia. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 56, Article 102200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2022.102200

Introduction: To enable people with dementia to live well we must support the person as a whole. The Alexander Technique (AT) offers an approach which addresses both physical and psychological issues which may be suitable to help people with dementia... Read More about ’I am teaching them and they are teaching me’: Experiences of teaching Alexander Technique to people with dementia.

Conceptualising comorbidity and multimorbidity in dementia: A scoping review and syndemic framework (2022)
Journal Article
Dunn, R., Clayton, E., Wolverson, E., & Hilton, A. (2022). Conceptualising comorbidity and multimorbidity in dementia: A scoping review and syndemic framework. Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity, 12, https://doi.org/10.1177/26335565221128432

Background Older people and people with dementia experience a high prevalence of multiple health conditions. The terms ‘comorbidity’ and ‘multimorbidity’ are often used interchangeably to describe this, however there are key conceptual differences b... Read More about Conceptualising comorbidity and multimorbidity in dementia: A scoping review and syndemic framework.

What is intended by the term participation and what does it mean to people living with dementia? A conceptual overview and directions for future research (2022)
Journal Article
Wolverson, E., Smith, S. K., & Mountain, G. (2022). What is intended by the term participation and what does it mean to people living with dementia? A conceptual overview and directions for future research. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, Article 952722. https://doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2022.952722

Policy continues to emphasise the importance of wellbeing in dementia. However, there is a vital need for psychosocial interventions that can promote positive outcomes to enhance “living well with dementia”. Our developing understanding of what peopl... Read More about What is intended by the term participation and what does it mean to people living with dementia? A conceptual overview and directions for future research.

Me, myself, and nature: living with dementia and connecting with the natural world – more than a breath of fresh air? A literature review (2022)
Journal Article
Bennett, J., Wolverson, E., & Price, L. (2022). Me, myself, and nature: living with dementia and connecting with the natural world – more than a breath of fresh air? A literature review. Dementia, https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012221117896

Objective: Depsite the growing awareness of the importance of engagement with the natural world for people living with dementia, little is known about the impact specifically for people living independently in their own home. This review identifies,... Read More about Me, myself, and nature: living with dementia and connecting with the natural world – more than a breath of fresh air? A literature review.

The Characteristics and Outcomes of People with Dementia in Inpatient Mental Health Care: A Review (2022)
Journal Article
Wolverson, E., Dunning, R., Crowther, G., Russell, G., & Underwood, B. R. (2022). The Characteristics and Outcomes of People with Dementia in Inpatient Mental Health Care: A Review. Clinical Gerontologist, https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2022.2104145

Objectives: Inpatient mental health beds for people with dementia are a limited resource. Practitioners need an understanding of this population to provide high-quality care and design services. This review examines the characteristics, care, and out... Read More about The Characteristics and Outcomes of People with Dementia in Inpatient Mental Health Care: A Review.

Family carer perspectives on the language of behaviour change in dementia: an online mixed methods survey (2022)
Journal Article
Wolverson, E., Moniz-Cook, E., Dunn, R., & Dunning, R. (2022). Family carer perspectives on the language of behaviour change in dementia: an online mixed methods survey. Age and ageing, 51(3), https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afac047

OBJECTIVE: following the #BanBPSD campaign there has been critical interest in common terminology used for 'changes in behaviour' associated with dementia. However, commentaries and emerging studies have not fully considered family carer perspectives... Read More about Family carer perspectives on the language of behaviour change in dementia: an online mixed methods survey.

Self-Care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique Help? (2022)
Journal Article
Wolverson, E., Glover, L., & Clappison, D. J. (2022). Self-Care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique Help?. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, Article 101546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101546

Background and purpose: Caring for a family member who is living with dementia can be incredibly challenging. Interventions to support family carers are vital and so carers should be supported to care for themselves and to maintain their own sense of... Read More about Self-Care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique Help?.

The Meaning and Experience of Gratitude for People Living with Dementia (2021)
Journal Article
Pearson, M., Clarke, C., & Wolverson, E. (2022). The Meaning and Experience of Gratitude for People Living with Dementia. Dementia, 21(1), 335-352. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211040675

Rationale Supporting people to live well with dementia is an international government priority. People living with dementia experience a range of positive emotions despite the challenges associated with dementia. Further research is needed to explor... Read More about The Meaning and Experience of Gratitude for People Living with Dementia.