PhD Student, Research Assistant and Physiotherapist
Place of work / study:
University of Nottingham
Area of Research:
Exercise and Dementia
How is your work funded?
Joint PhD Funding from ARC-EM and University of Nottingham
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a physiotherapist by background but got into research nearly 6 years ago as the physiotherapist delivering the intervention on a chair-based exercise study. I am the mum of a slightly loopy 8-year-old boy who wants to go to the Winter Olympics in 2030 and get a snowboarding gold medal for GB!!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was on TV every Saturday night for 2 years in the 1990’s!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
The first study I worked in included people with and without dementia. Whilst delivering the intervention I noticed that some of the people living with dementia struggled to engage with the very structured exercises using weights and theraband. One particular session we ended with a game of chair hockey and everyone without fail joined in and got quite competitive. I found this fascinating and started lots of questions in my head about why this happened…………the rest as they say is history.