Associate Professor Ruth Walker

  • 742 Citations
  • 16 h-Index

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Research Biography

Ruth is a social gerontologist with a background in Public Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. She is currently Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Ruth is an expert in using qualitative methods to understand older people's experiences of ageing.  Her research particularly focuses on late-life transitions, family caregiving and the intersection between disability and ageing. She conducts research which gives voice to underserved groups of older people and which helps to shape practice and policy.

Research Interests

  • Older parent caregivers
  • People with disabilities who are ageing
  • Age-related life transitions
  • Care in the community and ageing in place
  • Older people's experiences of dementia care
  • The role of family and social relationships on experiences of ageing
  • Gendered, life-course dimensions of ageing
  • Migrant ageing

Current Research Projects:

  • "What will happen after I die?": The support needs of ageing parents of adult children with intellectual disability
  • The support needs and future care plans of culturally and linguistically diverse ageing parents of adult children with intellectual disability
  • End-of-life care needs for older adults with long-standing physical disability

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Research Output

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The case for trauma-informed aged care

    Cations, M., Laver, K. E., Walker, R., Smyth, A., Fernandez, E. & Corlis, M., 1 May 2020, In : International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 35, 5, p. 425-429 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Developing a new quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation in aged care: Study protocol

    Ratcliffe, J., Cameron, I., Lancsar, E., Walker, R., Milte, R., Hutchinson, C., Swaffer, K. & Parker, S., 1 May 2019, BMJ Open, 9, 5, p. e028647.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Impact of Social media use training for adults with intellectual disabilities: A pilot study

    Raghavendra, P., Rillotta, F., Thirumanickam, A., Walker, R. & Balandin, S., 7 Aug 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract