Technology provides innovative solutions to overcome problems in ageing. In September, MARC held its 2nd Technology forum, with presentations demonstrating the variety of innovative technological solutions in ageing. Over 40 attendees representing 12 MARC organisations were in attendance.
Dr Frances Batchelor (NARI) opened the forum with an overview of how technology interacts with ageing, and novel solutions such as ‘Paro’ the pet seal to improve loneliness. Kerry Hwang (NARI) presented the findings from the first MARC technology project: Scoping the use of translation technology, which demonstrated the usefulness of translation apps for overcoming language barriers in everyday conversations within the healthcare setting.
Dr Jenny Waycott (University of Melbourne) explored the use of virtual reality in residential aged care, and the impacts it has on the older residents. Bronwen Clune (Launch Vic) provided the forum with an introduction to the startup world, by navigating the audience through the terminology and ecosystem.
After orning tea, Curve Tomorrow facilitated a ‘hackathon’, to identify problems in ageing and develop technological solutions for the next technology project. In three short and intensive hours, each team reported back on their proposed problem, and technological solution to overcome it. Some of the proposed solutions involved upskilling staff through learning modules, developing ecosystems for innovation, and using apps to improve social connectedness in the community.
MARC would like to thank Launch Vic for providing the event, and Curve Tomorrow for facilitating the Hackathon.