Health innovation projects need a helping hand

Published: 25 January 2017 at 13:00

Pensioners using virtual reality viewers

Volunteers needed to try out latest innovations in wellbeing for older people

Volunteers aged 60 and over are being sought by Anglia Ruskin University to test innovative products that promote independence, health and wellbeing among older people within their own homes.

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin are involved in a cross-EU project called SEAS (Silver Economy Accelerating Strategies) 2 Grow, which aims to speed up the development of innovative products and services to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and ease the pressure on healthcare providers.

As part of the study, volunteers will be asked to test no more than one product in three to four different periods starting this spring and ending in autumn 2018. All products will be evaluated by health and social care experts prior to being offered for testing.

All the products can be tested within the comfort of the volunteer’s own home and Anglia Ruskin will contact participants to get their feedback on how the products/services fit in with their normal lives, and how useful they are. Any travel expenses that are incurred will be paid.

Dr Pamela Knight-Davidson, Research Assistant at Anglia Ruskin University, said: 

“Anglia Ruskin is committed to healthcare innovation, which is vitally important if we are to successfully deal with the challenges brought by an ageing population.

“These products will be developed with older adults in mind. For example, movement monitors have been developed in the past that can detect and indicate when someone living alone has become less active, prompting a visit by either family members of carers.

“Volunteers will be actively helping to shape the future of health and social care provision with a strong focus on the wellbeing of older adults.”

If you would like to volunteer, please call Dr Knight-Davidson on 01245 684122 or e-mail