social isolation

Symposium - Role of activity monitors in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle

Symposium at UK's Open University's campus in Milton Keynes 

Over the last two years, a team of researchers at The Open University (OU) has been investigating the role of activity monitors in socialisation and in improving the wellbeing of people aged over 55 years, of carers, and of people being cared for. Activity monitoring technologies such as those from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung help to track activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.  

In the digital health wearables event on 16 January 2018, we will showcase the results of this two-year research programme funded by Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Award. In addition, speakers from public health and industry, and users of these technologies will discuss their views and future directions these technologies and similar digital health wearables will take in supporting active and healthy ageing, in caring, and in self-monitoring of health.  

Research programme website: http://www.shaileyminocha.info/digital-health-wearables/ 

Agenda of the Symposium

Opening keynote by Rohit Ail, Samsung UK - Health Innovation and European Union's ActiveAge Project

Presentations by the OU team, users/participants of our research programme (Bob Strudwick and Phil Warburton of Age UK Milton Keynes) and Trudy Hosker, Public Health Practitioner, Public Health, People Directorate, Milton Keynes Council

Closing keynote by Tina Hurst, Active Insights

Project team

Academics: Dr. Duncan Banks (OU), Dr. Kate Hamblin (Oxford University) Dr. Caroline Holland (OU), Dr. George Leeson (Oxford University) Ms. Catherine McNulty (OU), Professor Shailey Minocha (OU) and Dr. Ana-Despina Tudor (OU)

Collaborators: Age UK MK (Jane Palmer, Bob Strudwick and Phil Warburton), Carers MK (Sue Bowering and Robert Benn) and Samsung UK and the ActivAge project (Rohit Ail, Ahmad Bangesh and Qian Shen)

Research Managers: Louise Thomas (OU) and Katia Padvalkava (Oxford University)

Further Information

If you would like to know more about the symposium or receive a summary of the symposium's proceedings, please contact us via the comments on this blog-post

 

Survey on Online Photo-sharing by People aged over 60 years who live in the UK

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About the project

Our Sir Halley Stewart Trust funded project addresses the interlinked issues of the process of becoming older, wellbeing, loneliness and social isolation, and taking photographs and sharing them online through applications such as email and social media (e.g. Flickr, Facebook, Instagram).

Details of the project are here

The Survey

If you are aged 60 years or over and live in the UK, we would like to know about your experiences of sharing photographs online via applications such as email or social media (e.g. Google Photos, Flickr, Instagram). 

The survey is at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/photo-sharing-social-media-by-people-over-60-years  or http://bit.ly/2B9FcxJ (short link)

The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete.

The research design of this project has been approved by The Open University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/2017/2498/Minocha).

Contact details

If you have any queries about the survey or if you would like to reach us on email, please contact Dr Sarah Quinton of Oxford Brookes University (sequinton@brookes.ac.uk) or Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University, UK (shailey.minocha@open.ac.uk). 

Loneliness research presentation

Shailey will be presenting at an event organised by the Campaign to End Loneliness on 14th April 2016. The outline of the presentation is as follows:

In association with Age UK Milton Keynes, we have conducted research to investigate the conditions that lead to social isolation and loneliness among older people (55 years and above) in Milton Keynes, and to recommend possible strategies and solutions to prevent and mitigate isolation. The project was funded by the Milton Keynes Council and commissioned by the Senior Joint Commissioner, Adult Community Services. The research has involved a review of academic and policy literature on social isolation and loneliness, and an information gathering exercise that included expert workshops, individual and group interviews, and site visits. This talk will be based on the project's report and will discuss several case studies of older people and interventions for social isolation and loneliness within Milton Keynes. We hope that the recommendations and the resources from our report and in this talk would be useful for other communities, towns and cities, who may also be facing the challenges of supporting an ageing population.

Project members: Jane Palmer, Age UK Milton Keynes and Shailey Minocha, Duncan Banks, Caroline Holland and Catherine McNulty of The Open University.

Associated publications: Please see the list in Open University's Research Repository.

A daily photo journal that helps to address social isolation

Rebecca Jones of The Open University along with some of the other attendees at the event

Rebecca Jones of The Open University along with some of the other attendees at the event

As a part of the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) and Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) seminar series, The Representation of Older People in Ageing Research, a seminar 'Social Media and Research in Ageing' took place on 30th October 2015 at The Open University's London office (1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden, London, NW1 8NP).

Taking the example of an online photo journal called blipfoto which encourages users to document their life with just one photo each day, Shailey discussed how online social interactions influence the lives of people aged over 65 years, the challenges that they face, and the concerns that they have about being online.

The presentation is available here in Open University's Research Repository. The live blogging of the talk is available in Rebecca Jones' blog.