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Sarah Campbell discusses The Hair and Care Project on BBC Radio 4

9 January 2017

Researcher Sarah Campbell talked about dignity, appearance and the role of hairdressing in the lives of people living with dementia on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed.

The PhD student and Research Associate from The University of Manchester’s Dementia and Ageing Research Team discussed her new paper ‘Assembling the Salon: Learning from alternative forms of bodywork in dementia care’ on the 28 November edition of the programme.

‘Thinking Allowed’ is presented by the Sociologist Laurie Taylor and explores new research topics, inviting the authors of current books and papers to discuss their ideas and findings. Sarah’s paper, co-authored by Dr Richard Ward Stirling) and Prof John Keady (Manchester), was recently published in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness. It stems from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded ‘Hair and Care Project’ at The University of Manchester which explored the role of hairdressing and bodywork in the lives of people with dementia, looking at the link between dignity and appearance and the presentation of people with dementia in care setting.

Sarah said, “We have already had a really positive response to being on the show and have been contacted by other researchers, care home staff and hairdressers regarding the work. It has been a great opportunity to disseminate our findings further to a wider audience.”

Sarah’s research with The Hair and Care Project was also featured BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme.

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