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Gill Windle

Senior Research Fellow (Gerontology)

Tel: 01248 383968
E-mail: g.windle@bangor.ac.uk 

Twitter: @windle_gill

Qualifications:

  • PhD Psychology University of Wales, Bangor
  • MSc Methods in Psychological Research University of Wales, Bangor
  • BSc (hons) Psychology with Health Psychology University of Wales, Bangor

Research Interests:

I am a social scientist investigating health, well-being creativity and resilience in later life. My research combines arts, science and public engagement to examine how, and indeed if, older people can manage to ‘live well’ despite health problems and cognitive impairment.  I am currently involved in the management and leadership of four large UK research council funded studies (AHRC, ESRC and MRC) which all aim to improve the lives of older people. I have a leadership role in the new Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, a collaboration between Welsh Universities and funded by Health and Care Research Wales. I am active in Welsh policy development, having co-authoring a number of literature reviews to inform the development of the Strategy for Older People in Wales and the Healthy Ageing Action Plan (Welsh Assembly Government 2005). I was seconded to the Older People’s Strategy Unit at the Welsh Assembly Government during the 2006/07 interim review period of the Strategy, and was a member of the Strategy Advisory Group.

 

Grants:

Enhancing resilience and quality of life through arts and science research. Knowledge exchange fellowship from Alzheimer’s Society UK and Alzheimer Nederland, £12,500, May 2016 for 12 months.

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research.  NISCHR Centres programme grant, £1.8m, April 2015-March 2018 (co-applicant and work-theme lead).

What do older people living with dementia and their carers think of ‘Try Something New?' Alzheimer’s Society, £9,000, March 2015 (lead investigator).

Dementia and imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice.  Arts and Humanities Research Council, £1.2m, 2013 (lead investigator).

Evidence based policy making on ageing in Wales: What pushes the older population into, or protects them from poverty, isolation and exclusion?  Economic and Social Research Council, £387,500, 2013 (lead investigator).

Lost in Art Too. An evaluation of a 10 week programme of art sessions provided by Denbigh County Council for people with dementia and their carers.  Denbighshire County Council, £5,500, 2013 (lead investigator).

Five year evaluation of the Cadwyn Môn befriending programme.  Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn, £12,000, 2012 (lead investigator).

Improving well-being and community connectivity for people with dementia through community based arts interventions.  Arts and Humanities Research Council, £14,496, 2011 (lead investigator).

Lifestyle Matters for maintenance of health and well-being.  MRC/LLHWB, £1,131,314, 2011 (co-applicant/site PI).

Can an arts programme increase quality of life and well-being of care home residents with dementia? An exploratory study.  NISCHR PhD studentship, £59,947, 2010 (co-supervisor).

Maintaining Function and Well-Being: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.  Economic and Social Research Council Large Grant/HEFCfW, £3.2m, 2010 (co-applicant/project manager).

Older People & Ageing Research and Development Network (OPAN).  National Institute of Social Care and Health Research, Registered Research Group Grant, £1,342,988.40, 2010 (co-applicant/North Wales lead).

Challenges and Healthy Ageing: The Role of Resilience across the Life Course.  Medical Research Council Collaborative Network Grant, £49,753, 2009 (lead applicant).

Constructing a model to guide investment in older people’s mental capital, mental health and well-being.  Medical Research Council Collaborative Network Grant, £49,964, 2009 (co-applicant; led by Mima Cattan, Leeds Metropolitan University).

Promoting Excellence in Care Homes.  Department of Health, £472,257, 2009 (co-applicant with Bob Woods, Diane Seddon, Win Tadd and Tony Bayer).

Social care, housing and dementia research development group.  NEURODEM & WORD, £2,500, 2008 (lead applicant and Chair of group).

Systematic reviews on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions to promote mental well-being in older age.  National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, £114,766, 2007 (lead applicant).

Rural North Wales Initiative for the Development of Support for Older People (RuralWIDe).  Community Fund, £194,995, 2004 –2006 (co-applicant - with Age Concern Gwynedd a Môn and Vanessa Burholt).

Health promotion for older people: A literature review.  National Assembly For Wales, £9000, 2001 (lead applicant).

 

Publications:

Peer reviewed journals

Bennett, K. M., Windle, G. (2015). Commentary on "A conceptual framework for the neurobiological study of resilience". Behavioural and Brain Sciences

Joling, K. J., Windle, G., Droes, R.M., Huisman, M., Hertogh, C. Woods, B.  "What are the essential features of resilience for informal caregivers of people living with dementia? A Delphi consensus examination. Aging & Mental Health (in press).

Algar, K., Woods, B., & Windle, G. (2014). Measuring the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia: A review of observational measures.  Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice.  doi: 10.1177/1471301214540163.

Bennett, K. M., Windle, G. (In press). Commentary on "A conceptual framework for the neurobiological study of resilience". Behavioural and Brain Sciences (IF=14.96).

Bowling, A., Hankins, M., Windle, G., Bilotta, C. & Grant, R. (2013). Grounded  development and psychometric testing of the short-form of the Older People’s Quality of  Life questionnaire: OPQOL-brief.  Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 56 (1),181-187.  (IF=1.496).

Burholt, V., Nash, P., Naylor, D. & Windle, G. (2010). Training Older Volunteers in Gerontological Research in the United Kingdom: Moving Towards an Andragogical and Emancipatory Agenda. Educational Gerontology, 36 (9), 753-780.

Burholt, V., Windle, G., Balducci, C., Ferring, D., Weber, G., Thissen, F. & Hallberg, I. R. (2007).  Reliability and validity of the older Americans resources and services (OARS) social resources scale in six European countries.  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 62B, (6),S371-S379.

Burholt, V. & Windle, G.  (2007). Retaining independence and autonomy: older people’s preferences for specialised housing. Research, Policy and Planning.25(1), 13- 26.

Burholt, V. and Windle, G. (2006).  Keeping warm? Self-reported housing, and home energy efficiency factors impacting on older People heating homes in North Wales.  Energy Policy, 34, p.1198-1208.

Burholt, V. & Windle, G. (2006) The material resources and well-being of older people. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Dumitrache, C.G, Windle, G. & Herrera, R. R (2014). Do Social Resources Explain the Relationship between Optimism and Life Satisfaction in Community-Dwelling Older People? Testing a Multiple Mediation Model. Journal of Happiness Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10902-014-9526-3.

Salisbury, K., Algar, K & Windle, G.  (2011). Do we know enough about the potential of art programmes to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia? The Journal of Dementia Care, 19(3),  33-37.

Sprange  Kirsty, Mountain A Gail, Brazier John, Cook P Sarah, Craig Claire, Hind Daniel, Walters J Stephen, Windle Gill, Woods Robert, Keetharuth D Anju, Chater Tim, Horner  Kath, (2013). Lifestyle Matters for maintenance of health and wellbeing in people aged 65 years and over: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14:302.

Windle, G., Gregory, S., Newman, A., Goulding, A., O’Brien, D., Parkinson, C. (2014). Understanding the impact of visual arts interventions for people living with dementia: a realist review protocol. BMC Systematic Reviews, 3:91 doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-91.

Windle, G. (2014). Exercise, Physical Activity and Mental Well-being in Later Life. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 4 (4) 319-325.

Windle, G. The contribution of resilience to healthy ageing. Perspectives in Public Health, 132 (4), 159-160 (IF=1.089).

Windle, G. (2011). What is resilience?  A review and concept analysis. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 21 (2), 151-169. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A81iOgzq

Windle, G., Bennett, K. and Noyes, J. A methodological review of resilience measurement scales. (2011). BMC Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 9 (8), doi:10.1186/1477-7525-9-8
Note: this paper is tagged as ‘highly accessed’ by the journal.

Windle, G. (2010). Do we know enough about the contribution of telecare to the quality of life of people with dementia? Journal of Dementia Care, 18 (5), 33-36.

Windle G., Hughes, D., Linck, P., Russell, I. & Woods, R. (2010). Is exercise effective in promoting mental well-being in later life? A systematic review. Aging & Mental Health, 14 (6), 652-669.

Windle, G., Woods, B., & Markland, D.A.  (2010). Living with ill-health in older age: the role of a resilient personality. Journal of Happiness Studies, 11,763–777.

Windle, G. (2009) Variations in well-being: Psychological resilience in older Age. Germany: VDM Publishing Ltd.

Windle, G., Woods, B., & Markland, D.A.  (2009). Living with ill-health in older age: the role of a resilient personality. Journal of Happiness Studies, online first, DOI 10.1007/s10902-009-9172-3.

Windle, G., Markland, D. A., & Woods, B.  (2008). Examination of a theoretical model of psychological resilience in older age.  Aging & Mental Health 12(3), 285-292.

Windle, G., Burholt, V., & Edwards, R. T, (2006).  Housing related difficulties, housing tenure and variations in health status: Evidence from older people in Wales.  Health & Place, 12, 267-278.

Windle, G., Edwards, R. T., & Burholt, V. (2004).  A concise alternative for researching health related quality of life in older people.  Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research, 5(3), 13-24.

Windle, G.  & Woods, B. (2004).  Variations in well-being: the mediating role of a psychological resource. Ageing and Society, 24, 583-602.

Windle, G. & Burholt, V. (2003). Older People in Wales, their transport and mobility. A Literature Review. Quality in Ageing – Policy, practice and research, 4(2), p. 28-35.

Williams, J. M. G., Healy, H., Eade, J. E., Windle, G., Cowen, P. J., Green, M. & Durlach, P. (2002). Mood, eating behaviour and attention. Psychological Medicine. 32(3), 469-481.

 

Books

Windle, G. (2009). Variations in Well-Being: Psychological Resilience in Older Age. Germany: VDM Publishing Ltd.

 

Book Chapters

Windle, G. & Bennett, K.M. (2012). Resilience and Caring Relationships. In Ungar, M. (ed). The Social Ecologies of Resilience. A Handbook of Theory and Practice.  p. 219-231. New York: Springer.

Woods, B., Clare, L. & Windle, G. (In Press). Dementia and other cognitive disorders. In The Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology.

Windle, G. What is mental health and mental well-being?  (2009). In Cattan, M. & Forte, D. Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life. England: Open University Press.

Windle, G., & Woods, B. (2008). The Effects of Ageing on Personality. In Jacoby, R., Oppenheimer, C., Dening, T., & Thomas, A. (eds.,) The Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry. p. 591-603. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Windle, G., & Porter, A. (2008). Policy for Older People in Wales. In Maltby, T., Kennett, P., & Rummery, K., (eds.). Social Policy Review (20). pp. 93-110.  Bristol: The Policy Press.

 

Other

Windle, G. (2009). Medical Research Council Network. Challenges and healthy ageing: the role of resilience across the life course. Generations Review, available online at: http://www.britishgerontology.org/09newsletter3/

 

Official Reports Specific to Policy Development – Published

This report was used to inform the development of the Healthy Ageing Action Plan for Wales and can be downloaded from the Welsh Assembly Government website:

Windle, G., Parsonage, R., Burholt, V., Prendergast, L., Woods, B., Squire, A., & Wenger, G. C.  (2003).  Health Promotion for Older People. Technical Report 2.  Cardiff:  Research and Evaluation Branch, Health Promotion Division, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Assembly Government. http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/health/ocmo/communications/reports/older- technical?lang=en

This report was used to develop public health guidelines

Windle, G., Hughes, D., Linck, P., Russell, I., Morgan, R., Woods, B., Burholt, V., Reeves, C., Yeo, S. T. & Edwards, R.T.  (2007). Public health interventions to promote mental well-being in people aged 65 and over: systematic review of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.  National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=download&o=42401

 

Official Reports - Published

Burholt, V. & Windle, G. (2006). The Material Resources and Well-Being of Older People.  York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

 

Published Abstracts

Jones C, Edwards RT & Windle G, on behalf of the Dementia and Imagination research team. Social return on investment analysis of an art group for people with dementia. The Lancet - 19 November 2014 (Vol. 384, Page S43) doi:  10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62169-3.

Windle, G. (2014).  Exploring life experiences, use of resources and their relation resilience in older people with ill-health and mobility restrictions. 67th Annual Scientific Meeting “Making Connections: From Cells to Societies” The Gerontologist (2014) 54 (Suppl 2), p.394: NP doi:10.1093/geront/gnu106.

Windle, G. (2011). Psychological resilience as a resource for later life. 64th Annual Scientific Meeting “Lifestyle→Lifespan” The Gerontologist (2011) 51 (suppl 2) P.331: 1-633 doi:10.1093/geront/gns068.

Windle, G. (2010). A Mixed-Methods Approach to Synthesising Resilience Research: Definition, Measurement and Gaps in the Evidence. 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting “Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum” The Gerontologist (2010) 50 (suppl 1), p.15: 1-550 doi:10.1093/geront/gnq115.

Windle, G. (2007). Variations in well-being: the role of psychological resilience in older age. Generations Review, 17, (1).

 

Practitioner Journals

Burholt, V., & Windle, G. (2003). A matter of preference. Professional Social Work, Dec.2003, p18-19.

Gregory, S. A. and Windle, G. (2013). Lost in Art Too….Challenging perceptions of  dementia. The Journal of Dementia Care, 21(5), 23-25.

Windle G. (2004). Transport in Rural Wales. Working with Older People, 8 (2), 32-35.

Windle, G. (2004). Subjective well-being in older age: Maintaining mental wellness. Signpost, 9 (2), 25-27.

 

Official Reports in the Public Domain Specific for Policy Development

(These reports were written to inform the development of the Strategy for Older People in Wales)

Burholt, V., & Windle, G. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people in Wales: Housing services for older people.  The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Burholt, V., & Windle, G. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people in Wales:  Social Inclusion for older people. The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Burholt, V., & Windle, G. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people in  Wales: Lifelong learning and employment for older people. The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Burholt, V., & Windle, G. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people: Health and Social care. Centre for Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Windle, G., & Burholt, V. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people in Wales: Transport, Access, Mobility and Rural Living. The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Windle, G., & Burholt, V. (2001). Literature review for the strategy for older people in Wales: Examples of Good Practice.   The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

 

Official Reports in the Public Domain

Gregory, S., & Windle, G. (2013). Lost Lost in Art Too. An evaluation of a 10 week programme of art sessions provided by Denbigh County Council for people with dementia and their carers. Denbighshire County Council.

Burholt, V., Windle, G., Naylor, D., Jones, B., Riley, B., Oades, J., Oades, R., Humphries, C., Kennedy, D., & Clifford Jones, J. (2007).  Looking to the future: Ageing in Rural Communities. Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, Bangor University.

Burholt, V. & Windle, G. (2003). Housing for An Ageing Population: Planning Implications. Centre for Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Ferring, D., Hallberg, I. R., Windle, G., Heiss, C., Paulsson,C., Spazzafumo, L., Borg, C., van der Meer, M., Hofman, M., Petit, C. (2003). Comparative report on physical health and functional status. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/esaw/

Hill, J., Windle, G., Williams, L.& Parsonage, R.  (2002). Promoting the health and well-being of disadvantaged groups in Wales.  A review of the published literature. The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

Windle, G., & Burholt, V. (2005). Promoting the sexual health of older people.  Report to the Welsh Assembly Government.  The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, University of Wales, Bangor.

 

Conference Presentations:

Windle, G. (2015). Understanding resilience in later life: Some conceptual and methodological challenges. Part of symposium ‘The Role of Life Course Experiences and Generational Change in Theorizing Resilience, Loneliness and Support: Results From The CFAS-Wales Study, at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, 23rd-26th April 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Windle, G. Exploring life experiences, use of resources and their relation resilience in older people with ill-health and mobility restrictions. Paper presents as part of a symposium ‘Qualitative Insights on Health Literacy, Nutrition, Social Relationships and Resilience from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies Wales (CFAS-Wales), at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 5th-9th November 2014. Washington DC, USA.  

Windle, G. ‘Developing a visual arts intervention’. Paper presented as part of a symposium ‘Inter-disciplinary methodologies for understanding the impact of creative activities’ at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Southampton, 1st-3rd September 2014. 

Windle, G. How do earlier life experiences impact on the development of resilience in later life? Preliminary findings from CFAS Wales. Paper presented at the the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23rd-27th June 2013, Seoul, Korea.

Windle, G. Participation in community arts for health and well-being of people with dementia, their carers, and the communities in which they live – implications for research, policy and practice. Presented at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Keele, 11th-13th July 2012.

Windle, G. Psychological resilience in later life. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 18th-22nd November, 2011, Boston, USA.

Windle, G. Is it worth taking the trouble to study resilience? (Invited paper). The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, 9th November, 2011.

Windle, G. The Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network Cymru. Poster presented at Ageing Globally-Ageing Locally 2011, the Centre for Ageing Research & Development in Ireland, Dublin, 2-3 November, 2011.

Windle, G. Resilience research: consolidating 20 years of evidence. Paper presented at Resilience – why bother? International Conference, University of Brighton, 6th-8th April, 2011.

Windle, G.  A Mixed-Methods Approach to Synthesising Resilience Research: Definition, Measurement and Gaps in the Evidence. Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, 19th-23rd November 2010 New Orleans, USA.

Windle, G. Resilience research: consolidating 20 years of evidence. Paper presented at the British Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference, 6th-8th July 2010 Brunel University.

Windle, G. The resilience and healthy ageing research network: An overview. Poster presentation at Pathways to Resilience II: Social Ecology of Resilience, Halifax, Nova, Scotia, Canada, 7th-10th June 2010.

Windle, G,. Bennett, K and Noyes, J. A methodological review of resilience measurement scales. Paper presentation at the Pathways to Resilience II: Social Ecology of Resilience, Halifax, Nova, Scotia, Canada, 7th-10th June 2010.

Windle, G. (2009). Dignity in Care Homes. Paper presented at the Annual Care Conference, Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, 15th October 2009.

Windle, G. Is exercise effective in promoting mental well-being at 65+? Presentation at the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, 5th-9th July 2009.

Windle, G. Promoting mental well-being at 65+. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Older People and Ageing Research Network, Swansea, 24th July 2008.

Windle, G. NEURODEM Cymru: The Welsh Portfolio of Research. Poster presented at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Bristol, 4th – 6th July 2008.

Windle G. Life activities and well-being. Poster presented at the VI European Congress of Gerontology, St. Petersburg, Russia, July 5th-8th 2007.

Windle, G.  How might loss of independence in activities of daily living affect subjective well-being?  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Gerontology, University of Wales, Bangor, September 7th-9th 2006.

Windle, G.  A profile of the prevalence of depressive type symptoms and use of psychotropic medication in Europe.  Poster presented at The 18th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26th-30th 2005.

Windle, G.  The self and Ageing: the role of psychological resources.  Paper presented at The 18th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26th-30th 2005.

Windle, G.  The effects of psychological resources on the relationship between chronic illness and subjective well-being.  Paper presented at the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Gerontology, Keele, 14th -16th July 2005.

Windle, G.  Mental health and growing older: a cross-national study.  Paper presented at the International Sociological Association Inter-Congress Conference, Ageing Societies and Ageing Sociology: Diversity and Change in a Global World.  7th-9th September 2004. 

Windle G, Edwards R.T, & Burholt , V.  Health Related Quality of Life in Rural Community Dwelling Elders: Validating the EuroQol-5D Instrument. Global Health Economics: Bridging Research and Reforms. Abstracts from 4th International Health Economics Association World Congress on Health Economics, San Francisco, USA, June 2003. Page 187.

Windle G.  Resilience in Older Age.  Paper presented at The International Conference of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences, Florence, 5-9th July 2003.

Windle, G., Edwards, R. T., & Burholt, V.  Poster presentation: Housing, Health and Service Use: Evidence from Wales.  British Society for Gerontology Conference, 14-16th September 2003.   

Windle, G.  Predictors of subjective well-being in community dwelling older people:  The role of environmental mastery.  Poster presentation: British Society for Gerontology Conference, 14th September 2002.

 

Invited Presentations:

Windle, G. Dementia and Imagination. Part of a showcase event ‘Celebrating the arts in dementia care’ UK Dementia Care Congress, Telford, 4-5th November 2015.

Windle, G. Psychological resilience: an important resource in later life? Part of an invited international symposium ‘Resilience and Ageing’. The 2015 International Psychogeriatrics Association Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, 13-16 October 2015.

Windle, G. Workshop on resilience and ageing, to be held as part of ‘Pathways to Resilience III: Beyond Nature v Nurture’. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 15-19th 2015.

Windle, G. We all grow older! Resilience in later life. EMGO+ Annual Meeting / CaRe Day 2015 “Resilience. May 21st, 2015. De Rode Hoed Amsterdam Keizersgracht 102, 1015 CV Amsterdam

Windle, G. The role of aesthetics in improving the quality of health-care. Health Improvement Foundation conference on co-production, Bangor University, 11th March 2015. 

Windle, G. Lifestyle Matters for Depression: A feasibility Study. Presented to the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, 6th May 2014.

Windle, G. Dementia and Imagination. Presented at the Gerontology Summer School, Keele University, Keele, 4th June 2014

Windle, G. Dementia and Imagination. Presented at Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) conference, 8th April 2014.

Windle, G. Is it worth taking the trouble to study resilience? Presented at a meeting of Creativity for connectivity and resilience, Newcastle University, 1st April 2014.

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