Published: 3 August 2017 at 09:30
Volunteers sought to test technologies from phone apps to movement sensors
Volunteers are needed to road test a series of innovative technologies as Anglia Ruskin University launches a new research institute aimed at improving life for older adults.
Anglia Ruskin University has this week launched the Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI), committed to address the growing challenge of ageing populations. PARI brings together a multi-disciplinary team representing many backgrounds including medicine, nursing, technology, business and the arts who have research interests and projects in the field of ageing.
As part of the institute’s work, Anglia Ruskin is working with several technology companies and public sector partners, both in the UK and in Europe, on a series of innovative projects to promote independence and wellbeing for older people.
The individual projects are part of an overall scheme called Seas2Grow, for which Anglia Ruskin has received 456,000 Euros from the European Regional Development Fund, and local volunteers are required to test the products being developed.
The projects include:
Professor Patricia Schofield, Deputy Dean for Research within Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, said:
“The East of England and the UK as a whole is facing new challenges brought about by people living longer.
“Over-65s are expected to make up a quarter of the population by 2045, and PARI will bring together a series of research projects to improve the lives of older people at a time when local health services and councils are facing unprecedented pressure on their budgets.”