BIME annual lecture: Moving beyond the pendant alarm - how can technology meet the needs of an ageing population?

A free public lecture at the University of Bath will describe how technology can be used to meet the needs of an ageing population on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm.

In the lecture, organised by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME), Professor Gail Mountain will describe her current research into improving the quality of life of older people through technology and how this has been informed by her earlier clinical experiences as an occupational therapist.

The research she will refer to includes looking at how touch screen technology can help people with dementia living in the community, and how use of technology within health and social care is changing how services are delivered.  She will also talk briefly about the randomised controlled trials she is involved in which are concerned with interventions to promote wellbeing in later life, and to promote active life with dementia.

In the lecture she will also reflect upon her own ageing process and how this is beginning to influence her work. She will include a critical examination of what she and others have achieved in gerontological and technology research and suggest some directions for future work.

Professor Mountain is Professor of Health Services Research (Assisted Living Research) at the University of Sheffield. She is the Director of the SMART Consortium and Principal Director of the KT-EQUAL Consortium which is engaged in the transfer of knowledge from research to benefit older and disabled people.

Professor Mountain is also an occupational therapist, having practiced for 13 years before becoming involved in research. Her research interests are focussed upon improving the quality of life of older people through provision of appropriate interventions, good design and by facilitating participation, reflecting her occupational therapy background.

The lecture will be held in the East Building Lecture Theatre 1.1 and is open to the public with a drinks reception from 6.30pm. It will be followed by a buffet and exhibition.

Tickets are available from Gail Gillespie, Events & Ceremonies Office, East Building 2.2, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY. Telephone 01225 383659.

Tickets for the lecture are free. Tickets for the buffet and exhibition are £10.

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