Lisa Hodgson MA, BA (Hons)
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Lisa Hodgson is the research officer for the Well-Being, Health and Occupation for Older People (WHOOP) Research Group. The WHOOP research group believe that improving quality of life and wellbeing is something that can be done in conjunction with older people themselves.
WHOOP research group received £5,000 funding from the Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) to establish how the University of Brighton community of staff and students might best interface with older people to add to and learn from their experiences in a positive way.
Thus the WHOOP group carried out a short project which investigated 'Older people's perceptions of a partnership between the University of Brighton and the local older people's community'. The pilot study and the WHOOP feedback conference demonstrated that older people want to see innovative and creative projects which involve an intergenerational element while beginning to address some of the highlighted issues. During a meeting with the WHOOP research group which consists of a diverse group of researchers from across the university and community representatives, the group proposed that a 'buddy scheme' could be developed to enable older people to engage in activities with students.
In 2006 WHOOP research group was awarded £23,000 from the Brighton and Sussex Community Knowledge Exchange (BSCKE) to carry the 'Activity Buddies for Quality of Life for Older People' project in partnership with Age Concern Eastbourne. The activity buddies project is an opportunity for students and older people together to engage in activities related to the student's subject area. This buddy relationship could involve engaging mental abilities and skills as well as health related physical activities which will ultimately have purpose and meaning to the individuals or group.
The project will bring together university students: the School of Health Professions (Physiotherapy students), the School of Service Management (Tourism and Service Management students) and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (Pharmacy students). It is intended that the scheme will run three themed buddy strands: Fitness for Health, A Secret History of Holidays (through the use of photography) and a previously successful BSCKE funded programme called 'Dispensing with the Mystery'.
In 2008 the WHOOP research group was awarded £86,174 to continue to develop the Activity Buddies project, a two year funded project awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Lisa's role is to work closely with Professor Ann Moore and WHOOP research staff to develop research projects which endeavour to learn more about the wellbeing of older people and how to improve life satisfaction in later years.
Lisa has a BA honours in Social Science and a Masters in Diplomacy, International Law and Global Politics.
Moore, A.P. and Hodgson, L (2008) Activity Buddies: Improving quality of life for older people University of Brighton.
Mandy, A., Lucas, K. and Hodgson, L (2007) Clinical educators' reactions to ageing The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 5 (4). ISSN 1540-580X
Stew, G., Sadlo, G., Bryant, E.C., Cage, M., Hodgson, L. and Fawkes , C.A. (2007) Mindfulness and postgraduate student learning In: Knudsen, HV, ed. Secondary Education: Issues and Challenges. Nova Publishers, New York. ISBN ISBN: 978-1-60456-088-6
Moore, A.P. and Hodgson, L (2006) Older people's perceptions of a partnership between the University of Brighton and the local older people's community University of Brighton.