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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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Ageing Well in the Digital World: Older People can Help

13th November 2020 8.30-10:00
Panel debate, Interactive activity

About this event

In a growing technological world where innovation in the way we do things and the products we use to do them are growing at a significant rate there is a perception that the older members of our society are being left behind. But perhaps this has more to do with how society imagines older people to be rather than being based on what is happening on the ground? Working with older people, their families, technology companies, community care services, housing associations, care homes and local authorities; a multidisciplinary team of Sussex researchers tell a different tale. This event will highlight examples of how older people and their carers aren’t the digital luddites that we think they are; rather they are savvy innovators who know what they want and need from the technology they use and how they are playing a pivotal role in the development and design of digital solutions. It will also acknowledge and discuss the challenges older people encounter in technology co-design, with the aim to unpick how digital divide plays out in technology co-design.