The ‘International Conversations in Ageing and Technology’ seminar series, hosted by the Socio-gerontechnology Network, aims to stimulate discussion around critical topics in ageing and technology. It takes the format of a “slow conference”, i.e., it will host short online events that have the format of a panel discussion plus breakout conversations, although the specific format may vary per event. This 3rd Installment of the series is co-hosted with the British Society of Gerontology’s Technology & Ageing Special Interest Group.
Date and Time: September 16th 2021
Time: 2.30 – 4.00 pm BST/3.30 – 5.00 pm CEST
Dementia, care and technologies
In recent decades, dementia has been framed and discussed as one of the biggest challenges to our ageing societies. Although dementia is not perceived as a direct result of ageing, age is the greatest explanatory factor for dementia. Hence, as life expectancy increases, it is expected that the number of people affected by dementia will grow in the future. This imagined future has infused the field of dementia with a sense of urgency and prompted discussions about how to prevent dementia or improve quality of life. In these discussions, new technologies designed to be used in dementia care are promoted as enabling persons with dementia to live independently alongside providing better and more efficiency in care.
This interactive event aims to bring experts in the field of ageing studies and social gerontology together with scholars in Science and Technology Studies (STS) to discuss this development from different angles. As scholars working in these disciplines have explored questions of dementia, care and technology with different emphases, the event will stimulate dialogue across these perspectives to unravel differences and common grounds between their contributions to the field.
Confirmed panelists are:
- Jennifer Lynch, University of Herfortshire
- Doris Lydahl, University of Gothenburg
- Grant Gibson, University of Stirling
- Nete Schwennesen, University of Copenhagen