Meet The Experts

At Eldering, we strive to deliver exceptional guidance and information to help you support and care for your ageing parents. We achieve this by working with a panel of independent experts from a range of relevant fields, including medicine, law, clinical psychology and social care. Our Eldering experts are highly trained professionals who possess the passion and expertise required to ensure our content is complete and accurate.

 

Victoria Anderson

 

Victoria is an accredited clinical exercise physiologist and the founder and director of Longevity Health & Fitness. She specialises in working with older people, prescribing clinical exercise to those with chronic health conditions, with a particular interest in neurological conditions. As part of our expert panel, Victoria provides Eldering with guidance on supporting elder people to live well, prevent falls and manage common medical conditions through evidence-based clinical exercise.

Experience

Victoria has a range of experience in designing and implementing tailored clinical exercise prescriptions for individuals with various chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries including chronic pain, cancers, cardiac conditions, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and stroke.

Education

Victoria has an Upper-First Class Hons degree in Health and Exercise Science from St. Mary’s University. She is a member of the Academy of Healthcare Science as a registered clinical exercise physiologist.

 

James Badcock

 

James is a UK Solicitor specialising in international tax and estate planning, with expertise in cross-border estate planning, all aspects of trusts, personal and trust taxation and charity law. As part of our expert panel, James provides Eldering with insights and guidance on the estate planning, legal and tax aspects that need to be considered with ageing parents.

Experience

James has practiced for over fifteen years. He is a former partner and Head of Private Client Services of a leading London law firm and a former Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Education

James studied History at Cambridge University, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He went on to study Law at the College of Law, Guildford, where he undertook his postgraduate Diploma in Law and LPC (Legal Practice Coures), graduating in 2003.

 

Dr Sarah Gunn

 

Dr Gunn is both a practicing clinical psychologist, specialised in neuropsychology and physical health psychology, and a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester. Her academic research includes investigating changes in cognition, behaviour and emotion in ageing and neurodegenerative illness, including Alzheimer's disease. She also focuses on the associated impacts of neurological conditions like dementia on families and caregivers.

Experience

Dr Gunn has worked clinically for over ten years. She has worked therapeutically with individuals affected by neurological conditions, including dementia, other neurodegenerative conditions, and brain injury. The focus of her work is always tailored to the individual, supporting with skills maintenance, rehabilitation, emotional support, behavioural management, and myriad other goals including co-working with other disciplines such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Dr Gunn’s clinical experience covers the NHS, private healthcare, and the third sector. Her research experience likewise covers NHS and university settings, primarily focusing on the effects of ageing and neurodegenerative conditions on people and families.

Education

Dr Gunn graduated in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2012, followed by a Master’s in Psychological Research Methods in 2015, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2020.

 

Helen Davies-Parsons

 

Helen is the founder and CEO of Dormy Care Communities, which runs four boutique, luxury care homes in Wales and England. Helen is passionate about preserving dignity in later life, and helping older people and their families receive the support and high-quality care they deserve. As part of our expert panel, Helen provides Eldering with insights and guidance on multiple aspects of eldercare, from navigating the process of choosing and entering a care home, to supporting a parent or relative who resides in one.

Experience

Helen has been a registered nurse for 38 years, and has over 30 years’ experience in the care sector. She began her nursing career in intensive care before later becoming a staff nurse in a care home where her passion for eldercare developed. She then went on to be come regional director of a larger care provider and a care consultant, before establishing Dormy Care Communities in 2015.

Education

Helen trained as a general nurse at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation. She also has qualifications in teaching further education, palliative care nursing as well as a Masters degree in Leadership and Management.

 

Dean Morgan

 

Dean is a health and social care consultant based in Cardiff, who is passionate about facilitating access to essential care and support for the elderly. As a member of the panel, Dean offers Eldering invaluable guidance on navigating the complexities involved in accessing funding and support that could help elder people live more comfortably and independently.

Experience

Dean is Managing Director of Grey Matters Consultancy in Cardiff and brings over 12 years of professional experience in health and social care. He entered the sector immediately after university, and has established a robust background and expertise in the field. Dean ascended through the ranks of the care sector, from a frontline home care worker to the Deputy Manager of two care homes before pivoting to health and social care training. Rising to the Head of Qualifications at a company commended by City & Guilds, he spearheaded the introduction of new Health and Social Care qualifications in Wales. Returning to social care, Dean led an award-winning team at a local home care provider, achieving recognition for innovation, where he still holds an Associate Director position alongside managing Grey Matters Consultancy Cardiff.

Education

Following a diploma in Classical and Ancient Studies from Swansea University in 2010, Dean has attained qualifications in Level 5 Leadership in Health and Social Care Management (Adults) Advanced Practice.

 

Siân Pelleschi

Siân Pelleschi

 

Siân is a professional organiser and declutter, and the current President of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO). As part of our expert panel, Siân provides guidance on how to work with elder parents and relatives to declutter and downsize, as well as advice for staying organised while caregiving.

Experience

Siân spent 15 years in the event management industry firstly managing a business with a turnover of £1.5m before setting up her own events company. Her passion for organising and supporting others prompted her to set up her decluttering and organising business, Sorted!, in 2016. Based in Stockport, Sian has since completed over 1000 appointments with a wide range of clients, including many elder individuals and the families that support them both in person and virtually. She is often found speaking at events on the benefits of being more organised and is regularly in demand as a media spokesperson.

Education

Siân completed her BA in Design and Art Direction at The Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. Following her degree she trained in business development and has attended numerous courses on ADHD, Hoarding Behaviours and Awareness as well as Listening and Understanding and Paperwork. Sian continues to further her learning and understanding by attending multiple conferences around the world every year focusing on specialisms such as ADHD and chronic disorganisation as well as general organisation and business training.

 

Dr Patrick Ruane

BSC (HONS) MBCHB (HONS) MRCP MRCGP

 

Dr Ruane is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) based in London, with a particular interest in disease prevention, mental health and care of the elderly. As part of our expert panel, Dr Ruane provides Eldering with insights and guidance on the health considerations and challenges we should be mindful of for our ageing parents.

Experience

Dr Ruane is a partner at the Sloane Street Surgery in London. He has practiced here as a GP for over 14 years, and has broad knowledge and experience in general medicine.

Education

Dr Ruane graduated in Physiology before qualifying with Honours in Medicine from Bristol University in 2003. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

 

Deniece Themistocli

 

Deniece is both a personal trainer and a carer for elder people. Based in London, Deniece specialises in dynamic strength training and cardio fitness, with an emphasis on natural, multi-muscle and core strength movement using people’s own bodies versus machines. Deniece also specialises in rehabilitation training and is passionate about the powerful benefits for older people of exercising in water.

Experience

Deniece has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and over 20 years in personal training and sports therapy , and has specialised in training and caring for elderly people for the past 7 years. She has developed a range of exercises to promote functional strength, balance and coordination to build confidence in every day activities such as walking, daily movements to maintain independence. She also specialises in aqua fitness which gives the individual an opportunity to do things they would not feel confident to do on land without the stress on joints and discs.

Education

Deniece graduated in Sport Therapy Bsc in addition, she has many exercise health and qualifications including personal trainer exercise to music, aqua fitness, sports massage, GP referral, cardiac rehab as well as Certificate in Education and Level 2 Care certificate.

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