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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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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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Carers’ experience of using assistive technology for dementia care at home

Assistive technology (AT) such as safety alarms and remote monitoring technologies can help people with dementia stay independent and live safely at home. At the same time, they can also assist carers (family, friends, neighbours, etc.) by providing them with a sense of safety, reassurance and connection with the person with dementia. Although AT is getting more and more tailored to the individual needs, carers are still not placed at the centre of design and use of assistive technology....

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Data hub and small bandwidth internet connection

With the growth of health monitoring wearables the cost of having a broadband connection is high for someone who probably doesn't use the internet and only needs to upload data to the cloud (without even being aware of it). How about asking internet service providers to offer a low cost low data package for this specific application only? And setting a standard for a universal hub with which devices could connect and upload data? If the user wants feedback on their data they could call...

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