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1 Slide 1 Social Connection Zoran Škrba, TTP team - April 29, 2015

2 Slide 2 Social Connection - Overview  Introduction  The Aims of Social Strand  Projects  Challenges  Design Concepts  Improving Social connection  Benefits to Seniors  Q & A

3 Slide 3 Introduction – Social Networks

4 Slide 4 Social/Family Networks Barabasi A. N Engl J Med 2007;357:404-407

5 Slide 5 The Aims of the Social Strand  Understand the taxonomy of social engagement and social activity in older people  Explore the relationship between social networks, activities, depression and personality type  Effect of life events on social interaction  Relationship between cognitive impairment/falls and social engagement/mental health  Develop technologies to help people sustain and improve social engagement  Study new vs old technological interventions

6 Slide 6 Projects  Sleep Study –Using Eyesweb mobile to run EMOBIUS app on a PDA  Social Assessment –Using validated scales e.g. Lubben, Wenger, De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale etc.  Building Bridges –Building new friendships, social groups,  Data analysis from other studies –AGECAT, DHAS

7 Slide 7 Challenges  How can we improve the social connectivity of community dwelling older people from within their own homes?  How effective are virtual befriending and mentoring schemes for older people?  What would a home based technology that strengthens existing social networks and allows creation of new relationships look like?  How can we effectively measure and evaluate the success of such a system?

8 Slide 8 Design Concepts  Conference calls/group chats (e.g. Skype)  Community notice boards (website)

9 Slide 9 Improving Social Interaction  Use of technologies to facilitate social interaction  Start new or expand existing hobby and interest groups (e.g. church, sports, gaming groups, life-long learning)

10 Slide 10 Benefits to Seniors  Maintaining, creating and expanding social networks improves quality of life, physical and mental health.  Finding new innovative ways for seniors to socialise, learn, teach, reassure and be reassured, have fun, etc.  Affordable user-friendly technologies helping seniors stay in touch with each other and their social and health communities in more immersive, intuitive and interactive ways

11 Slide 11 Questions?  For more information visit: – –http://tril.ucd.ie

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