Understanding how technologies might provide social and emotional enrichment in later life is especially important today, with in-person interactions limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many older adults and aged care providers are embracing the opportunities that technologies such as virtual reality, online gaming, social networking, and artificial intelligence (among others) can provide. But there are concerns that technology-based social activities are a poor substitute for in-person interactions, and that there are challenges to overcome before new technologies can be used effectively to support social and emotional wellbeing in later life.
This symposium will include three research presentations, focusing on older people’s experiences of digital connection/disconnection; staff perspectives on technology use in aged care; and the design of technologies for enriching the lives of people with dementia. These presentations will be followed by an interactive panel discussion featuring consumer, industry, and academic representatives.
Learn about current research examining older Australian’s experiences of loneliness during COVID-19 lockdowns and understand the role digital technology can play in addressing this loneliness
Learn about best practices when implementing technology for social and emotional wellbeing in aged care settings
Understand how co-design can be applied to designing technology for enriching the lives of people with dementia.
Hear from a consumer, industry representative, and academic discussing the benefits and challenges of using different technologies, including gaming, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, for social and emotional wellbeing in later life