Later Life

The Later Life Working Group focuses on the health of people towards, and at the end of, the working life (around 65 years) onwards with the aim of ’€˜reducing frailty and dependency inequalities in the elderly’€™. The Working Group has subdivided into three sub-groups, each with a different substantive focus.

These three sub-groups are:

‘Social Connectedness’

Focusing on the intergenerational synergy between older people and the early years as well as social and community interventions for the older population such as the ’€˜Casserole club’€™ and lunch clubs in Dumfries & Galloway.


Focusing on upstream prevention of disease/infirmity, rather than the process of decline and dependency per se i.e. something that would actively encourage people to keep as healthy as possible for as long as possible. It was discussed that such an intervention would have to be inexpensive, scalable to the national level and without the need for health professionals; an exemplar would be one that would boost social connectedness to, in turn, boost health. It was discussed that co-production, i.e. having the involvement of older people and communities, would be optimal to the intervention. It was suggested that there was a need to build networks/support for carers too. Further discussion alighted upon physical activity as a good type of intervention, both to build social connectedness and to improve physical and mental health outcomes. As the multimorbidity/ complexity subgroup has discussed similar concepts to the ’€˜social connectedness’€™ sub-group, it is expected that there will be some crossover both between the work of these two sub-groups and other lifecourse Working Groups.

‘Quality of End-of-Life’

Focusing on end-of-life options, aiming to develop a novel intervention to address issues in the current quality and applicability of end-of-life care to socially and economically deprived groups.

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Working Group Members

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Darryl Archibald
Working Group Lead / Research Fellow
SCPHRP, University of Edinburgh
I am a post-doctoral research fellow and lead for the Later Life Working Group at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP).

My work with the Later Life Working Group involves collaborating with other academics, policy makers and third sector professionals to devise, implement, and evaluate novel interventions, policies and programmes that aim to improve the health and well-being of older people and reduce health inequalities in later life.
Health Inequalities;
Age-Friendly Communities;
Social Isolation;
Area Regeneration
Elaine Douglas
University College London
I am interested in health inequalities, particularly social determinants of health. I also have interests in public health interventions and population health. Health Interventions;
Public Health;
Social Policy;
Health Policy
Isabel Dunsmuir
Innovation Development Director
DRC Generations
I have worked in the voluntary sector for over thirty years, developing a variety of different projects to meet the needs of the local communities. Over the years working with local communities, statutory and voluntary organisations we have identified gaps and with volunteers developed initiatives to fill those gaps, within the past twelve years working with DRC Generations the work has ranged from local pilot programmes (Drugs and Alcohol Awareness week & Three days of action – based on the Australian Drugs awareness week which was then passed onto the GGDAT and became Glasgow GRAND), supporting and assisting the development of Touched By Suicide Scotland a National Self Support group for those bereaved by Suicide, NW Glasgow Kinship Care/Grandparents group and DRC Generations itself focused on young people, their families and the wider community. A Mentoring, Transition Support Service which uses an innovative Peer-Led health approach to health promotion and prevention strategies working in partnership benefitting our local and wider communities. The working knowledge, skills and expertise of a ground up approach can be of benefit to the working group, informing them of a different view point, sharing and providing opportunity to work with our young people, their families, volunteers and other partner organisations that may have an insight, an opportunity for theorists to see if things can work in practice.Community Development;
Kate Levin
Senior Public Health Researcher
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
I have spent the last year evaluating the Reshaping Care for Older People (Change Fund) umbrella of interventions in Glasgow City. The evaluation was developed in the final year of the Programme. Evaluation systems were in place for individual projects from the outset, however their content and quality varied. The task was to design an evaluation for the overall umbrella of projects with the aim of identifying projects that may have reduced avoidable hospital bed days. An interim report was produced in November 2014 and the final report should be available shortly. I am now assisting the evaluation of several projects directed at those aged 65 years+ in Glasgow City, under the Joint Integration Fund. Health Inequalities;
Oral Health;
Social Determinants of Health;
Chloe McAdam
Health Improvement Senior (Physical Activity)
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Currently have a remit for the developement and support of programmes for physical activity for older adults (inc very frail older adults) across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board.
Also RKE Coordinator at Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at UoE.
Physical Activity;
Health Promotion;
Older Adults;
Knowledge Exchange;
Jacqueline McDowell
National Development Officer (Impact)
NHS Health Scotland (CFHS team)
Interest in building the evidence base on the contribution of community food work in tackling and reducing health inequalities and towards national policies. Community food work means initiatives using food or the medium of food to achieve better outcomes, whether food related or wider, for those in low income communities. Food;
Outcomes and Impact;
Health Inequalities; Community Development
Christian Schnier
UK Biobank
The UK Biobank cohort is a UK wide cohort of 500 000 people over the age of 40 that is followed up for different health outcomes. I am starting to look for diagnoses for dementia and (non-infectious) respiratory disorders.Dementia;
Data Linkage;
Laura Wyness
Senior Research Fellow
Queen Margaret University
I currently work in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences (DNBS) at QMU. I have recently led a project, funded by BAPEN that investigated the prevalence of sarcopenia in older community-dwelling adults. The project group also explored the need for early screening measurements to identify those at risk of sarcopenia. I am keen to expand on this work as I feel it is an area that will become an increasingly important public health problem in Scotland. Teaching and research at QMU cover a wide range of allied health subject areas such as nursing, physiotherapy and podiatry, and DNBS also has links with NHS and local community groups for older adults. I am keen to expand the research conducted in this area, to improve health and quality of life among older adults.Nutrition;
Physical Activity;
Food Access

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