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David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy and Communications, ILC-UK …

David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy and Communications, ILC-UK
Presentation from EngAGEd conference on Friday 5th October https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/healthyageingconference/

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  • 1. Active Ageing, Assistive Technologies& Reducing the Cost of Care for OlderPeople David Sinclair, International Longevity Centre - UK The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 2. The role for new technologies 135 years ago– first two way phone call made In 2000 – ½ world had never owned a phone By 2007 ½ the world had a mobile phone It took 75 years for telephones to reach 50 million users It took 4 years for the internet to reach 50 million The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 3. Google knows! Location Based ServicesThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 4. My Society/Fixmystreet.comThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 5. Tripadvisor for Care HomesThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 6. Ocado for careThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 7. Technology to facilitate active ageing Volunteering Gradual Retirement (slithers of time) Opportunities for fun Opportunities to participate in society http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardstubbs/593367 9919/sizes/m/in/photostream/The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 8. Web facilitating access to Information andAdvice• More confident consumers of care with raising expectations rather than patients• More tests available online/instant response (telehealth/care/monitoring)• Greater access to information about conditions (accuracy?)• Expectations to become more focused on “fix it”, prevent it, cure it?• Growth in health tourism. What about care tourism? (Travelodge/recuperation in Spain)The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 9. Challenge 1: UsabilityThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 10. UsabilityThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 11. Challenge 2: Motivating and inspiring the older population“But how much smaller do we want a phone?”Some/many do want new technology but: “I don’t want to live in a smart- home – I’d rather be dead” http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/5 832685007/sizes/z/in/photostream/ The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 12. Challenge 3: Can’t continue to ignore theethical issuesMoral and ethical debates – cant afford to ignore themMust help older people choose technology when it is right for them (tagging/urine tests)PrivacyThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 13. Challenge 4: Technology wont tackle thefundamental problemsThe first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Bill Gates(Let’s get the basics right first!)The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 14. Challenge 5: Digital Exclusion Quarter 4: 2011: Q 4 2011: 8.2 8.2 million million n never used the internet Proportion of age cohorts ever having used the internet (Source: ONS)The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 15. Challenge 6: No culture of private purchase ofhealth/care technologies Personalisation? Access to information and advice? But Health Apps are biggest growth area http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandshipz/4679235/sizes/m/in/phot ostream/ for Iphone.The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 16. Policy implicationsUsability: Perhaps we need a legislative approach?Or would this constrain innovation?Inspiring and engaging the older consumer: Howcan we tackle “its not for me”Addressing ethics: Need to be more up front withconsumers about the use of technologyThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 17. Complacency about technology: Technology is atool. But not a magic bullet.Digital Exclusion: Do we need compulsion? Can wenudge?Creating a culture of private purchase: Needhealthcare technology on the BBC breakfast sofa.The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.
  • 18. Contact David Sinclair Assistant Director, Policy and Communications International Longevity Centre – UK davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk Twitter.com/ilcuk Twitter.com/sinclairdaThe International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.