Hyacinth Blakephoto of Hyacinth Blake

MSc Sociology (Social Policy & Administration) University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)
BSc Sociology & Psychology, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad)

email: h.blake@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis title / scope of research

"Family Care for Frail Older Persons in Trinidad: Implications for Social Policy"

  • Keywords: Ageing, Caribbean, Ethnogerontology, Frail, Older Persons, Social Policy

Over the last three decades, population ageing has increasingly become a critical determining factor for social policy formulation in developed and developing countries. States have been re-directing their efforts to encouraging families to care for older persons, in an attempt to reduce the demands on limited resources and eradicate the deleterious effects of institutionalised care.

While numerous studies and theories have been developed to explore the efficacy of family caregiving, the majority have concentrated on the situation in developed countries and very few have examined ageing and concomitant familial responses within a Caribbean context.

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) presents a unique cultural context within which to understand ageing and familial responses to the needs of older persons. This study seeks to generate useful social policy insights for improving the circumstances of frail older persons and their caregivers. It involves the conduct of in-depth individual and dual-interviews with caregivers and care-recipients, and focus group sessions with governmental and non-governmental organizations providing aging, family and caregiving services


  • Dr Lorna Warren
  • Dr Liam Foster

Awards and Scholarships:

(2009) Developmental Needs Scholarship for PhD studies (Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)

Other experience/research interests

I've worked as a policy advisor in Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years before commencing my PhD studies and have just over 10 years experience as a part-time Social Sciences instructor. For more information on my professional work, please see http://hyacinthblake.wordpress.com/project-summary/