Sleeping Beauties? Special Seminar
Healthy Ageing Research Unit (HARU)
Primary Care Research School of Primary Health Care
Thursday 7 June, 3 – 5 pm
Monash College, Melbourne City Campus
Level 3, 222 Bourke Street
Rooms 2M and 2N
RSVP by Friday 1 June 2012
Phone: +61 3 9902 4510
Healthy Ageing Research Unit (HARU) invites you to a special free seminar. Sleeping Beauties? Social factors influencing sleep in later life. By Professor Sara Arber, Sociologist, Co-Director Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey UK.
Sleep is critically important to older people’s well-being and to healthy ageing. With increasing age, older people report more disturbed sleep and high use of prescription sleeping medication. This presentation addresses these issues through analyses of a multidisciplinary UK project on Sleep and Ageing (SomnIA). First, Professor Arber will talk about older people’s subjective views of their sleep, attitudes towards daytime sleep (napping), use of sleep medication and use of strategies to aid sleep are examined using qualitative research. Second, she will explore the multimethods used to examine why the sleep of older care home residents is so fragmented – focusing particularly on the influence of staff routines and norms of care home life.