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1 greg tegart ifa plenary may 29 2012



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  • 1. PROFESSOR GREG TEGART AM FTSE IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing May 29 2012, Prague 1
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  • 3.  Most people want to live independently Longer –lived people have increased disabilities Longer-lived people have more chronic diseases Shortages of carers-both formal and informal Spending on health care for aged to increase several fold Need new approach based around technology! 3
  • 4.  Ageing-in-place is the ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. Liveability can be extended through the incorporation of universal design principles,, telecare and telehealth, and other assistive technologies. Such technologies support communication and engagement, health and wellness, home safety and security, intellectual stimulation, and contributing to society. 4
  • 5.  Wide range of products from simple to complex systems exist for safety and security; diagnostics and treatment; social connectedness; mobility Numerous trials indicate substantial benefits in quality of life through increased communication and empowerment of patients, reduction of admissions to hospitals, reduction of demands on high cost institutions, reduction of morbidity However market penetration limited in existing cohort of elderly people although they are generally comfortable with TV and computers, mobile phones etc. Need to ensure that technology is tailored to needs of users! Many opportunities for development of new technologies 5
  • 6.  Elderly-friendly homes-central component of ageing-in- place; systems for movement control, simple communication devices, medication monitoring Falls prevention-major cause of accidental injury and hospitalisation; systems for monitoring gait, better environmental design Communication and social interaction-essential to maintain quality of life; mobile phones, Internet, animated agents for dementia sufferers 6
  • 7.  Telehealth-use of ICT to support remote health care, particularly ageing-in-place; range of diagnostic devices linked to central system for health management Coping with degenerative diseases- increased numbers of elderly old; dementia- tracking systems, hearing- cochlear implant, vision- bionic eye Nanomedicine-improved diagnosis and treatment; cheap and rapid biomarkers and genetic data, biomaterials and regenerative medicine 7
  • 8.  Biorobotics-complement to ageing-in-place; service robots, companion robots, rehabilitation robotics Brain/machine interaction-coping with ageing process; brain stimulation for epilepsy or depression, neural replacements to assist Alzheimer’s sufferers Mobility systems-major issue for social interaction; infrastructure and way-finding for pedestrians, mobility scooters, intelligent vehicles 8
  • 9.  That the application of smart technology for healthy longevity is GOOD in ensuring a healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling future for the rapidly increasing aged population in the world. 9