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Conference - Digital Technology, Older Age and Caring

Digital Families Across the Lifecourse – Digital technology, older age and caring
13 April 2016, University of Edinburgh (David Hume Tower)

To explore how digital technologies are being used by older people, their families and by carers.
To identify key issues in relation to digital technologies, older age and caring.
To develop new collaborations between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers interested in taking issues forward.


9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome and introduction – Prof Heather Wilkinson, Director of E-CRED (Edinburgh Centre for Research on Experience of Dementia)/ Co-director of CRFR
10.10 Academic perspectives 1 – Children and their grandparents: practices across the generations in the digital world Caroline Marchant, University of Edinburgh Business School
10.30 Academic perspectives 2 – How people with dementia and their carers make technology work for them. Dr Grant Gibson, University of Stirling
11.00 Coffee
11.15 Academic perspectives 3 – Telecare for older people at home: some ethical issues, Professor Maggie Mort, University of Lancaster
11.40 Discussion 1
12.15 Lunch
1.00 Perspectives from a person with dementia – Agnes Houston, Vice-Chair, European Person With Dementia Working Group
1.15 Perspective from the voluntary sector – Tbc
1.30 Perspective from the statutory sector – Tbc
1.55 Discussion 2
2.30 Feedback from discussion groups
3.00 Reflections from the Digital Families Across the Lifecourse Programme and next steps
3.30 Close

Who should attend? Anyone interested in the impact of digital technology on older people, carers, families and relationships, including practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

For more information and to register, please visit the programme websites:

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