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Lena Östlund has a Master of Gerontology and work as a Lecturer at the Institute of Gerontology at the School of Health and Welfare. Since graduating from social worker´s degree in 1986, Lena has worked in various areas of social work such as adict care, family care and as a first line manager at a residential care for persons with dementia.
In her master's thesis, she studied how staff perceive working with people with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).
Lena is programme coordinator for courses at the Institute of Gerontology.
Lena is part-time a PhD student in Welfare and Social Sciences at the Research School school Health and Welfare. Her area of interest in research concerns dementia and domestic abuse among the elderly. The PhD project aims to investigate how staff is working to obtain consent for various help and support efforts as well as the staff's awareness of abuse in carers where one of the partners has dementia.