Dementia and the psychological wellbeing of older people and their formal and informal carers

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On the 22nd of July 2021, MENARAH’s Network Lead Professor Shereen Hussein contributed to a seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The seminar focused on global chronic mental health conditions to showcase recent and ongoing research aligned with chronic mental health conditions in different contexts. Professor Hussein discussed how the prevalence of people living with dementia (PIwD) has been increasing significantly across the globe. While dementia does not affect only older people, most PLwD are older people and usually suffer from other long term care conditions and needs. The psychological burden of this disease on PLwD and their informal and formal caregivers is immense and are exacerbated by a lack of societal awareness and existing norms such as stigma and neglect. In her talk, she briefly introduced the global dementia prevalence, highlighting current gaps in our knowledge. She then focused on the psychological wellbeing aspects of living with or caring for someone who lives with dementia. She discussed the role and intersectionality of policy, society and the individual actors in enhancing the quality of life of PLwD and their carers.

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Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) at the LSHTM. She is a Co-Director of the PRUComm policy research unit. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and King’s College London in the UK and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Shereen is a demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her primary research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care. Shereen has previously worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics, long term care demand and migration within the UK and Europe and the implications on policy and practice.

Shereen has conducted extensive research on population ageing and impact on long term care and health policy and practices in the UK, internationally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She has contributed to recent United Nations’ policy response to ageing in the region through collaboration with UN-ESCWA and directly providing expert consultations to several countries in the region including Turkey, Oman and Egypt. Shereen leads many large research projects on ageing and long-term care in the UK and contributes to a large project addressing responses to dementia in developing countries STRiDE. Shereen is the founder and lead of the MENARAH network.