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Technology, older people and social inclusion




Speakers: Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research

Over the coming decades, it seems inevitable that societies will increasingly rely on technology for an increasingly wide range of purposes. Older people tend to use technology less than younger generations, and whilst it is likely that utilisation levels will increase in future older generations, there are also many challenges. In this seminar Martin will concentrate on technologies such as traditional and new forms of social media, as well as advances in support for people with health or social care needs such as robotics and telecare. He will briefly summarise what we know about their utilisation today – especially the effectiveness of social media in promoting social inclusion (drawing on a recent Evidence Review written for the Government’s Foresight Programme, Future of an Ageing Population) and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telecare (drawing on the large Whole System Demonstrator trial) – and then discuss challenges for the future. What are the opportunities for and barriers to the wider use of technology in care contexts? – this part will draw especially on work he is doing on ICT and people with dementia and their (unpaid, often family) carers.

Among a number of other roles Martin is a Vice-President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and member of many research and policy advisory groups. Awards include NIHR Senior Investigator (since 2008), Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (2012) and Fellowship of King’s College London (2014). His current research is primarily in the areas of dementia, social care, child and adult mental health, and autism. Much of his work has an economic focus. He has published more than 500 papers in academic journals. Many of his research findings have informed policy discussion and practice development in England and elsewhere.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 12th May 2016

AG08 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom