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Staying independent at home for longer

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How can technology help people stay independent in their own homes for longer? 

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Finding the way home

Has anyone looked at a way of helping people with dementia to find their way home from going for a walk?  Mobile phones have built in GPS and there must surely be a way of making them track the journey taken from home to where the person is now and giving instructions as to how to get home, with each change of direction being gently and carefully described, with corrections if the take a wrong turn. GPS systems in cars rely on concatenated speech samples to give guidance and they can be a...

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Homer, The Home Friendly Robot

We need robots at home.  They need to be able to take us upstairs, prepare our food, talk to us and help us bathe and dress.  There needs to be a screen which a human can use to interact with us at home, to take over or monitor as necessary.  The care workers can monitor remotely.  It would be much more hygienic, economic and reliable than sending humans in all the time.  Our Homer could even play radio and take instructions like a Google Echo, or whatever the brand name is that you can...

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Helping older people with technology

My friend lives in sheltered accommodation. I have found many of the residents come to me for help with things like "my tv won't work",  "my phone won't switch on" "I can't figure out how to join Zoom/Skype/ Whats app". They can use the tech, they just can't troubleshoot it.Maybe there could be a digital hub set up in care homes/ sheltered  housing etc where they can just press a button on a monitor to speak to a person who can help solve the problem, or connect them with their service...

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Ok there is the echo and lots of bits to buy but to stay independent and me  as Getting old and disabled there is a real lack of help of Getting it to work and I have echo got the lights but can not get them to work  . This working would save a lot of hospital trips if lights door everything was on the same page  and when you do find someone to help it cost the earth

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A carer's perspective on technology in healthcare

Courtney cares for both of her parents at home. She was 7 years old when her father was diagnosed with Parkinsonism. Now, at the age of 19, she has adopted more caring responsibilities and has also paid close attention to the evolution of technology over the years and how this has assisted with her father’s independence. Recently, her mother has also experienced mobility issues, so Courtney has experience in how technology has helped her mother stay independent as well.  Below is a...

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Ageing. Parkinson’s. Sense of belonging. Society. …at home…

This post has been formed on the grounds of a loved one suffering from moderate Parkinson’s Disease (diagnosed 8 years ago with Parkinsonism), who spends most of his day without the presence of a carer and has (had to) become mostly independent through self-observation and self-management. Some of the biggest challenges faced is the management of panic attacks (without an official depression level diagnosis), tremor (from a psychophysical viewpoint) and stuttering (leading to decreased...

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Autonomy and elderly care

How can we ensure elderly people are getting the help they need whilst making them feel like their independence is not undermined? Do you think there's a fine line between assisting the elderly and then making them feel as though they are no longer competent enough to look after themselves? It is crucial to ensure the elderly community has autonomy and is treated with dignity. It's important to understand the key areas of life in which elderly people start losing their autonomy and how this...

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Daily self-care scheduling with music - staying on track

Living independently can often rely on being able able to maintain regular schedules; taking medication on time, eating, drinking, moving, and generally doing the basics to stay active and well. We have developed an app for the care of those living with cognitive decline, and so far focused on care homes. The same app can be used to associate a memorable song with any care activity, and set it to a schedule, so the song plays to remind you when you need to carry out a care task; take your...

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Volunteering community support based on a App/Website/Network

Create one platform accessible via multiple devices (mobile application and online website) where older adults or their relatives could request help or support for a range of tasks. Tasks range from help with household tasks (changing a light bulb or helping for a supermarket trip) to spending some time to share a meal/cake/coffee, play a game or read a book. The momentum for community support exists; the NHS appeal for volunteer during the pandemic was a frank success proving the only...

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Co-designing better smart speakers and voice assistants.

Voice assistants have quickly improved during the last years, with more human-like voices and better voice recognition capabilities.  Such assistants could be programmed with a "carer/nurse mode" to make it easier for older users to exploit its benefits. But it requires understanding of  what this means for older users. My research idea is to evaluate how older users interact with commercially available assistants, and contrast it with younger users to identify biases in terms of the...

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