Podcast Profile – Cara Sass


Cara Sass

Job Title:

PhD Researcher (year 2)

Place of work / study:

Centre for Dementia Research, Leeds Beckett University

Area of Research:

Sporting reminiscence for men living with dementia

How is your work funded:

Fully funded by Leeds Beckett University

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’ve been working in dementia research for almost 3 years, now in the second year of my project looking at the impact of sporting reminiscence for men living with dementia by working with Sporting Memories groups in the community. I’m originally from Grimsby but have lived in Leeds on and off for the last 10 years since moving for my degree. I’m a PhD student so I can’t remember much about my hobbies and interests… just kidding… I like to spend my spare time running, alone and with friends, I’ll take any opportunity because I’m doing my first marathon this year. I love to eat and bake cakes (hence the running), travel, and see live music at gigs and festivals.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I appeared briefly in an episode of Chucklevision in the 90s.

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

I applied to my first job in dementia research in 2015, simply because I had been looking for a change after working as a research assistant in mental health for a few years – I had no personal experience of dementia, only an interest in learning more about it. I started to realise that the field of dementia care and research was very different to others I’ve worked in – much more close-knit and supportive, and I feel very happy to have found my way here.

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