Dr Louise Overton, a key member of the CHASM Team, with a focus on older people and personal finance, has returned from maternity leave and is looking forward to continuing with all things CHASM!

Louise recently submitted a funding application with Kate Baxter and colleagues (Social Policy Research Unit, University of York) to the National Institute for Health Research for a project on ‘Finding and Funding Social Care’.  The aim of the research is to improve understanding of self-funders’ experiences of finding and funding social care, and to create an online resource for current and potential self-funders, their relatives and professionals through publishing peer experiences in written and video formats. We are awaiting news of the second stage application, so keeping everything crossed. Regardless, Louise will be continuing with her work on care funding in later life.

She also presented at the British Society of Gerontology conference in Manchester earlier in the year. Louise’s presentation focused on the vulnerabilities and risks older people face in the context of intergenerational financial transfers, and she will be writing this paper up for publication as well as pursuing the inter-disciplinary and collaborative potential of this work with an invitation to present at University of Nottingham’s Business School, by Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes.

While on leave, Louise had the following book chapter and journal article published:

Overton, L., O’Mahony, L. and Gibson, M. (2018) ‘The emotional dimension of trading on home in later life: Experiences of shame, guilt and pride’ in S. Bahun and B.Petric (eds.) Thinking Home: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, London: Bloomsbury

Overton, L. and O’Mahony, L. (2018) Stakeholder Conceptions of Later-Life Consumer Vulnerability in the Financial Services Industry: Beyond Financial Capability? Journal of Consumer Policy, 41,3, 273-295

Louise is also looking forward to working with Karen Rowlingson and Steve McKay on the five year project ‘Monitoring Financial Inclusion’ which commenced in 2018, and follows on from the previous project (2013-17).