Beau Nieuwenhuijs

Institutions: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Gerontology Department, Brussels, Belgium.

Supervisory team: Professor Ellen Gorus, Professor Nico de Witte.

Position: MRes student Gerontological Sciences.

Current research: I’m interested in suicidal ideation and behaviour in older adults. I’m currently working on a systematic review on the detection of suicidal ideation and behaviour in older adults. My dissertation research will be on the risk and protective factors to suicidal ideation in community-dwelling older adults using data from the Belgian Ageing Studies. I’m working to secure funding for a PhD in the same area.

Research Interests:

  • Older adults
  • Caregivers
  • Qualitative research
  • Lived experience
  • The role of ageism on older adults’ death wish
  • Euthanasia and assisted suicide in older adults who are ‘tired of life’
  • Suicide theory and older adults

Can help with: Settling abroad for study or work, adjusting to academia after working in the field, non-academic job applications, setting boundaries, confidence boosting, or just in general for chats and rants.

What’s essential to your well-being? My feline co-workers Gertje and Guustopher, knitting, sewing, being cooked for by my partner, quiet time, clear communication, empathy and boundaries.

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