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Angela Rippon OBE to Chair University Consortium Event on Pain and Dementia

shutterstock_109475570KT-EQUAL, an EPSRC funded research consortium to enhance the quality of life and well-being of older and disabled people, which includes the University of Bath, is hosting an event to be chaired by Angela Rippon OBE, television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter.

Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath, is co-hosting the event, Technological Advances to Managing Pain in Older Adults with Dementia, with Professor Pat Schofield, University of Greenwich, which will be taking place on 13 May 2013 at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.

The aim of the event is to bring together key researchers, funders, voluntary sector and service users to explore the latest prototype technologies for assessment and management of pain applied to older adults with dementia.

Leading experts in pain management and dementia will debate questions from the audience in a unique ‘Question Time’-style event.

This is hoped to generate new research ideas to address the growing crisis of unidentified and poorly controlled pain amongst our older population, with suggestions that 50% of older adults living in the community have poorly controlled chronic pain and as high as 80% amongst our most vulnerable in society, those living in care homes or suffering from dementia.

The debate follows recent challenge from the Department of Health to social care providers to develop innovative ways to deliver care, in the light of the UK’s ageing population and the rapidly increasing demand for services.

Around the UK we have many experts who have been working on the development of technological solutions to assess and manage pain. This is an opportunity to consolidate where we are with the state of the art in the field and develop collaborative plans that can bring all ideas together to meet the needs of our ageing society.

The event is free to attend.

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For enquiries please contact:
Maria Korea (KT- EQUAL Project Officer)