Pre Oct 2014

15 Oct 14

Technology to Prevent Social Isolation

Many factors associated with ageing, such as deteriorating health and limited mobility, make it difficult for older people to socialise and engage in local community activities. Social isolation can be a significant problem in our ageing society. Older adults without strong family and social connections are particularly vulnerable to isolation.

New communication technologies, such as touch-screen tablet devices, are becoming more accessible and easier to use, making them potentially valuable as tools for supporting older adults who are socially isolated. This forum will focus on two innovative projects that aim to use technology to prevent social isolation.

Attendees at this presentation will:

  • Consider how new technologies can be used in creative ways to support older adults’ self-expression and social engagement
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges that can arise when using social technologies to augment the care provided for community-based aged care clients
  • Learn about the social structures, training and support required when introducing new technologies and facilitating communication within groups of socially isolated older adults.

To view their presentation, please click on the name below:

Dr Jenny Waycott
Research Fellow, Department of Computing & Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Dr Jenny Waycott is a Research Fellow in the Interaction Design Lab, Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on understanding the role technologies play in people’s learning, work, and social activities and how new technologies can be designed and used to enhance those activities. Since 2012, Dr Waycott has been engaged in an ARC Linkage project “Growing Old and Staying Connected: Touch-Screen Technology for Ameliorating Older People’s Experience of Social Isolation”, working with isolated older people to design, implement, and evaluate a new socio-technical system to foster social engagement.

Dr Frances Batchelor
Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne
Dr Frances Batchelor is a research and clinical physiotherapist. She leads the falls and balance research stream. Her research interests include falls prevention after stroke, falls prevention across community, residential care and hospital settings, identification and management of mild balance dysfunction and the interface between technology and falls. Her current projects include the evaluation of balance and gait in minor stroke and development of an e-learning resource on physical activity. Prior to coming to NARI, Frances worked in neurology and aged care in Australia, Germany and England in both acute and sub-acute settings. She was awarded her PhD in 2010 from the University of Melbourne.

Event Details

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Event Date & Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Event Location: Seminar Room, St Georges Hospital, 283 Cotham Rd, Kew, VIC

Your Investment

AAG Members: FREE
Non-Members: $20.00
Student/Concession Non-Members: $10.00 (Please enter the code "TECHNOLOGY" at checkout to receive this discount).

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