ESRC Festival of Social Science short report

On 5th November 2016, A PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENT “High-Tech Dementia: Transforming Care and Homes”, was held at the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology (NEAT) Suite as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) 14th Annual Festival of Social Sciences, organised by Matthew Lariviere from the School of Health Sciences.  This very lively event brought together 27 people from the general public, carers of people with dementia, health and social care professionals, members of charities or other voluntary organisations, and social and health scientists. Delegates worked in small groups and together to reconsider assumptions about how people live with dementia and how technologies – both assistive and mundane – can fit with or transform our ideas about what constitutes ‘care’ and ‘the home’ through interactive activities, lively discussions, and tours of the NEAT bungalow. Matthew shared research findings from his study “A Collaborative, COMMunity-based ethnography Of people with Dementia using Assistive technology and TElecare at home” (ACCOMMODATE) also involving delegates to help construct new knowledge based on their professional or personal experiences of living with dementia or providing care BY co-designing a simple logic model.  Delegates appreciated the easily accessible material AND breadth of activities covered over the day and were interested in further opportunities to share work in linking dementia and technology.

We are grateful for support from the Economic and Social Research Council. NIHR CLAHRC East of England and the University of East Anglia including admin support from Liz Williams, and Suzanna Dell.

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