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Shaping the Future of Digitally Enabled Health and Care

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) has published a paper entitled “Shaping the future of digitally enabled care” in a Special Issue of Pharmacy journal on Digital Solutions to Improve Medicines Management. The paper is a communication style article that describes and discusses the current and planned research activities of the Medicines Control and Optimisation pilot theme within the SHAPES pan-European pilot campaign, with a particular focus on the specific use case that is being piloted at NHSCT and replicated at the University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF).

The paper was the result of a great collaboration between pilot sites and technical partners within Pilot Theme 3 and showcases the tremendous effort that has gone into developing and defining the SHAPES pilot methodology thus far. The authors of the published paper include Sonja Grigoleit, Work Package 6 pilot leader (Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis), pilot site representatives Óscar Villacañas (Clínica Humana), Andreas Andreou (UNRF) and Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis (UNRF), and technical partners Bárbara Guerra (EDGENEERING), Marco Manso (EDGENEERING), and Nekane Larburu (Vicomtech). The authors from NHSCT were Maureen Spargo, Nicola Goodfellow, Claire Scullin, Glenda Fleming and Michael Scott.

Pharmacy is an international scientific peer-reviewed open access journal on pharmacy education and practice published quarterly online by MDPI. This paper is the first to be published in the journal’s Special Issue on Digital Solutions to Improve Medicines Management, which aims to share research on the design or evaluation of digital solutions to improve medication management, particularly for the growing number of people receiving home health care. The work being conducted by the SHAPES consortium with regards to medicines optimisation aligns very well to the aims of the issue and NHSCT greatly appreciate the opportunity to share their work at this early stage of the pilot.


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Vicomtech and Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha are thrilled to co-chair an invited session at the KES 2021 conference set to take place in Szczecin, Poland from the 8th to the 10th of September 2021. The session will focus Supportive Innovative Systems for the Smart, Healthy and Active Ageing at Home and in Local Community Environments (SSHLC) and a call for paper is open.


United Nations declares 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing

The UN Resolution follows recent endorsement of the Decade by the World Health Assembly, and calls upon the World Health Organization to lead the implementation of the Decade, in collaboration with the other UN organizations.

The UN sees population ageing as one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century, with implications for nearly all sectors of society. The global population aged 65 and over is growing faster than all other age groups. In the UK alone the Office for National Statistics projects that in 50 years’ time, there are likely to be an additional 8.6 million people aged 65 years – a population roughly the size of London.

“Today’s announcement of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing sends a clear signal that it is only by working as one, within the United Nations system and with governments, civil society and the private sector, that we will be able to not only add years to life, but also life to years,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

According to WHO: “Fostering Healthy Ageing requires fundamental shifts – not just in the actions we take, but in how we think and feel towards age and ageing. This involves establishing a shared understanding of what success will look like; developed through a process of multi-stakeholder engagement, collective dialogue and co-creation.”

A political priority

Given the increasing needs of society following Covid-19, the design of age-friendly communities is becoming a top political priority. This could boost the construction of more sustainable multigenerational neighbourhoods, incorporating innovative support system that foster healthy ageing.

With mounting evidence that multi and/or intergenerational contact is beneficial for people of all ages, Paul Quinn, Director of Regeneration for Clarion Housing Group, Europe’s largest social landlord, believes the UN should highlight age segregation in housing, which he says is arguably as important a challenge as our response to the climate emergency.

“By enabling people, including those coping with long term physical and mental conditions, to live extended lives in supportive and safe homes and environments, we can help residents to stay active and independent members of society while living in communities they love.”

Transforming lives and communities for the better

There is clearly an urgent need to reimagine our neighbourhoods of the future. Operating at the core of Europe’s largest housing association, ‘Clarion Futures’ is delivering one of the UK’s largest social investment programmes, investing £150 million over 10 years to provide the tools and support people need to transform their lives and communities for the better.

During the past 12 months Clarion has been engaged in a cross-business working group to ensure its communities are places where residents can age positively; a strategy which has involved collaboration with the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA).

As many readers will know, AAA is a long standing advocate for multigenerational housing and neighbourhoods of the future, which shift the emphasis from planning for “the elderly,” or retirement communities, to a more inclusive approach for everyone, supporting ageing in place and serving as a viable alternative to age-specific care in institutional settings.

Following the AAA ISO Leaders Forum earlier this year, AAA and Clarion have joined forces with the ISO Committee on Ageing Societies and a coalition of leading practitioners committed to pooling resources, sharing data and know-how and informing the creation of an ISO gold standard for multigenerational living, in smart future proofed neighbourhoods.

Leading by example

January 28th 2021 we will regroup in a collaborative effort to address the Decade of Healthy Ageing, with specific reference to the built environment societal challenge. While there are plenty of one-off homes designed to meet the needs of older adults and/or people suffering from dementia. There are few examples of those homes being built at scale, and even fewer examples of whole neighbourhoods being designed with such principles at their heart. We will reveal plans to co-create multiple examples of both; interconnected living test beds, that will help to define the essence of best practice – at an unprecedented scale.

The objective is to construct “no fuss” mixed tenure neighbourhoods, where young and old, disabled and able, can co-exist in well-designed technologically enabled housing, with access to bespoke services to help facilitate independent living and enhance wellbeing.

Clarion’s Regeneration team are currently identifying suitable sites where these principles can be embedded from day one, in both the design and operation of neighbourhoods and homes. We are actively seeking partners and like-minded organisations to bring their own particular skillset to bear in terms of built environment, design, place-making, public health and care, mobility, technology and research.

Orchestrating effective coordination of regional, national and international interventions, this ground-breaking collaborative R&D initiative aims to establish what ‘good looks like’. To break the the tyranny of uniformity and reset the drift towards care based on separation. To reimagine neighbourhoods where people of all ages and abilities can live alongside one another in environments that enhance wellbeing, happiness and quality of life.

Get involved

If you are responsible for planning, finance, asset management, infrastructure, sustainability, tenant engagement, procurement, governance and compliance, or research, you are welcome to join the next AAA ISO Leaders Forum 28.01.2021. Made possible by Clarion, here you will meet coalition partners, find out how to get involved, and learn, discuss, engage with peers and expert speakers. Follow this link to register.

With best wishes for a very healthy and prosperous New Year.

Article Author:

Ian Spero, Founder Agile Ageing Alliance

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“Procedures of User-centered Usability Assessment for Digital Solutions: a Scoping Review of Reviews” paper publication

UAVR has published a paper entitled Procedures of User-centered Usability Assessment for Digital Solutions: a Scoping Review of Reviews reporting on digital solutions relevant for older adults in the JMIR Human Factors journal (DOI: 10.2196/22774).

JMIR Human Factors is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on understanding how the behaviour and thinking of humans can influence and shape the design of health care interventions and technologies, and how the design can be evaluated and improved to make health care interventions and technologies usable, safe, and effective.

The paper synthesizes the procedures used or reported for the different steps of the process of conducting a user-centred usability assessment of digital solutions relevant for older adults and identifies principles guiding this assessment.

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“Experts Evaluation of Usability for Digital Solutions Directed at Older Adults: a Scoping Review of Reviews” communication in DSAI 2020

UAVR will be presenting a communication entitled Experts Evaluation of Usability for Digital Solutions Directed at Older Adults: a Scoping Review of Reviews in the 9th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2020) that will take place on December 2-4 2020.

The DSAI conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars and provides a premier interdisciplinary platform to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges, encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion.

The accepted paper describes and synthesizes the procedures of usability evaluation by experts that are being reported to conduct inspection usability assessments of digital solutions relevant for older adults.

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SHAPES project presentation in the X Iberian Seminar on Psychogerontology

The SHAPES project was presented on the X Iberian Seminar on Psychogerontology and III Iberian Seminar on Social and Community Gerontology, which took place on 12 and 13 November 2020. In this 45-minute communication, the SHAPES project was presented with a special focus on the pilot with the StepMania® dance game for seniors. In the presentation, some results already achieved within the scope of the project were also disclosed.

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