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Digital Technologies to Support Older Adults Self-Managing Health and Wellbeing – Experiences, Challenges and Lessons Learned




Speakers: Julie Doyle, CASALA and the Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

Globally, human populations are ageing and as a result there has been an elevated interest in understanding the factors that may support the maintenance of independent living and quality of life of older adults. Smart homes have significant potential to enhance the lives of older adults, extending the period of healthy ageing, through monitoring wellbeing, detecting decline and applying interventions to prevent or slow down this decline. It is also recognized that empowering individuals to self-manage their own health and wellbeing will result in more cost-effective healthcare systems, improved health outcomes and will encourage healthy individuals to remain that way.

This talk discusses findings from a number of ongoing studies carried out by the NetwellCASALA research centre examining the design and evaluation of health and wellness technologies for older adults. From sophisticated smart homes collecting longitudinal behavioural data, to tablet applications, the attitudes of older adults and their care networks towards technologies, self-management, and various data visualisations will be discussed.


Julie Doyle’s research is in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on health and wellness technologies for use by older adults, their carers and healthcare professionals. In her current position as Research Fellow at NetwellCASALA, Julie leads HCI research that crosses the fields of ambient assisted living, falls prevention, emotional wellbeing and chronic disease management. Julie is a Principal Investigator on a number of EU projects, including the H2020 project ProACT, examining integrated care for older people with multiple chronic conditions. She is also PI on a project examining how technology can support older adults transitioning from hospital to home, including how such technology and the resulting data can be used by healthcare professionals in practice, that involves partners including the Health Service Executive of Ireland and Fujitsu. Julie oversees all user-centred application design and development at NetwellCASALA. Her current research is examining (1) the effectiveness of various types of feedback to convey health and wellbeing information to older adults, (2) behaviour change techniques to encourage self-management and (3) measuring the effectiveness and impact of such technologies in practice.

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 28th July 2017

A109 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom