Healthy Retirement – Active Ageing with Mobile Technology
Healthy Retirement: Active Ageing with Mobile Technology was held on
MONDAY 6 MAY 2019
UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR RURAL HEALTH, LISMORE
It looked at some of the smart technologies working to support seniors to care for their own health during retirement and promote health and wellbeing of older people living at home.
Key note speakers:
Professor Andrea Maier, Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care, University of Melbourne
Topic: PreventIT (based on the European Horizon 2020 Project)
Professor Andrea Maier’s research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related syndromes and diseases. As part of her mission to prolong the healthy lifespan of our ageing Australians, she was part of the recently completed three-arm feasibility trial of PreventIT – personalised ICT based interventions designed to change behaviour, supporting older adults in the early stages of retirement to form long term physical activity habits at a point of major lifestyle change.
Associate Professor Kim Delbaere, Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA
Topic: Standing Tall Exercise Program and other healthy retirement interventions
Kim Delbaere is a Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA, a leader in brain and nervous system research. Kim’s research has contributed to the understanding of physical, psychological and cognitive factors causing falls and her multidisciplinary approach incorporates elements from physiotherapy, psychology, brain imaging and software engineering towards preventing falls and promoting healthy ageing. Developing novel apps assists in this research and Kim will be speaking to the apps currently in development.
The networking dinner also included a presentation from Lucy Kingsley of Richmond Tweed Library and the Be Connected program about how local libraries can support care providers to encourage the use of technology in their seniors.