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Are Telehealth and Telecare the answer for older people with assisted living needs?



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Speaker: Dr. Joe Wherton, Senior Research Fellow, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London


An ageing population is fuelling interest in assisted living technologies (ALTs), such as 'telecare' and 'telehealth', to support 'ageing in place' - that is, to enable older people to live independently at home, avoid or defer institutional care in later life and remain active participants in society. But while innovation is important, there is a well-documented gap between the development of new technologies and the consistent use of these technologies in practice. Our work in the ATHENE (Assistive Technologies for Healthy Living in Elders: Needs Assessment by Ethnography) project demonstrates that if ALTs are to be fit-for-purpose, the ways in which they are designed and deployed must be grounded in care recipients' experiences of ageing.  More than that, however, it suggests that the technology industry, health and social care providers need to rethink how ageing in place is technically, organisationally and socially configured to enable the involvement of care recipients and their networks of carers in the 'co-production' of ALT solutions over time.

Reference: Procter, R., Greenhalgh, T., Wherton, J., Sugarhood, P., Rouncefield, M. & Hinder, S.  (2014) The Day-to-Day Co-Production of Ageing in Place, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 23 (3): 245-67 Available at:


Joe Wherton has a research background in psychology and human-computing interaction, focusing on the design of assisted living technologies and services to support older people living at home. His work involves the use of ethnographic and participatory design methods with end-users, service providers and technology industry.


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When & where

1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 13th January 2015

C143 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom