Thursday, 14 July 2016

PhD student Jake Andrews presents work on older adults’ views of technology for mental health at British Society of Gerontology conference

Jake Andrews
Last week saw gerontologists from across the world gather in Stirling for the annual British Society of Gerontology (BSG) conference. Along with colleagues PeterCudd and Surinder Bangar from the RAT group, Jake Andrews attended and presented his work on older adults’ views of technology to support mental health in later life.

The conference took place over three days, with keynote speeches on the economics of brexit and gerontology (Professor David Bell), empowering people with dementia through discussion of art (Professor Heidi Hamilton), and the effect of green space on older adults’ wellbeing (Professor Catharine Ward Thompson).

Jake’s presentation took place in a session dedicated to technology for later life. He detailed how he had used iterative and interactive group activities to enable older adults to reflect on the use of apps, websites and computer programmes to support their mental health. Interesting findings included that older adults saw mental health difficulties as demotivating for the use of new technologies, and that extensive support would be required from service providers if particular apps were to be used with an older adult user group.

Written by Jake Andrews (@JandrewsTHAW)    

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