Dementia is framed as a worldwide problem that current budget and staff shortages for health and social services cannot possibly contain. The UK government suggests one solution to this crisis is adopting assistive technologies to help people with dementia continue to live independently in their own home.
This event draws on social research from the East of England in dementia care. We invite the public to consider how these technologies shape people with dementia and their families’ everyday lives and how relations between domestic places and objects may be affected.
Live, interactive demonstrations of assistive technology are provided through the Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology (NEAT) Centre at the University of East Anglia. Audience members are invited to bring in an item from their home with specific personal significance to discuss on the day as we tour the NEAT bungalow.
Everybody is encouraged to us our Twitter event hastag, #DemTechUEA, to join the conversation leading up to and on the day. Videos from the presentations will be distributed online following the event.
This event is generously funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council's 'Festival of Social Science' taking place around the nation from 5 - 12 November.
To learn more about the ESRC's Festival of Social Science: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/
To learn more about the NEAT Centre: https://www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/enterprise/neat