Marita is a social researcher and health policy analyst working mainly in the field of ageing and dementia. She has a PhD in Social Policy and Ageing from Trinity College. Her research work includes ‘Falling Through the Cracks: The Case for Change, Key Developments and Next Steps for Adult Safeguarding in Ireland’, ‘Dementia Needs Analysis Framework to Support Local Service Development’ and ‘Accessibility of Online Services to Older People in Co. Wicklow’.
She is a co-founder of Co-Creation Support CLG, a social enterprise supporting organisations to work collaboratively with clients to design services, supports and education programmes that meet their needs. She is currently project managing an Erasmus + project, Two Moons, focusing on the development of educational resources to make human rights relevant to the day to day lives of older people. She worked for a number of years in Age Action as their Health Policy Officer.
Over the last 10 years, she has been involved in raising awareness of dementia and highlighting the unmet needs of people with dementia and their families providing support, as part of the team that delivered the Wicklow Dementia Friendly programme and developed the Co. Wicklow Dementia Strategy. She also volunteered as an advocate for nursing home residents.