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