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A block of retirement flats has become a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people. Tenants of Leach Court in Kemp Town, Brighton, have volunteered to trial digital technologies including smart medication dispensers, activity monitors, and falls detectors which are carried with them…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
The Duke of Cambridge has praised the "fantastic" work of the royal Heads Together campaign, as his charitable foundation announced a £2 million investment towards a new mental health start-up company. On a visit to Imperial College London's Data Observatory on Friday, William learned about the campaign's progress in its…
Joanna Lumley has said technology in modern life has "intensified" the loneliness felt by elderly people. The actress, 71, said the art of "everyday chit-chat" is at risk of dying out, pointing out that people on Tube trains tend to be "staring at their screens, not looking at each other".…
We all need extra help and assistance sometimes, whether we have an illness or are just getting older. The UK population is living longer than ever before. According to the Office of National Statistics, life expectancy has generally increased steadily over the past 30 years and currently stands at approximately…
Anti-grooming materials that aim to help prevent children and young people from being targeted by paedophiles online are being launched at Swansea University today. ‌Swansea University researchers studying the language and methods used by online groomers found that children could be contacted by adults via the internet, groomed, and a…
A new app could help enhance home and hospital environments for elderly people and those with dementia, by asking them to give feedback on their surroundings. The University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), together with Space Architects, launched Iridis on Thursday - World Alzheimer's Day. A first of…
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