You are invited to attend a research seminar arranged by the Well-being and Health Across the Lifecourse Research Theme:
Ageing well, technically: How technology shapes care and later life
Dr Matthew Lariviere, UKRI Innovation Fellow (Care, Ageing and Technology)
Wednesday, 19th February at 12:00 to 13:00
Elmfield, room G18, University of Sheffield
Increased human longevity is expected to place greater pressures on health and social care systems in the UK and globally. Given the fragility of these systems arising from chronic staff shortages, increased care responsibilities for family carers, and an extensive period of austerity, health and social care face an existential threat. Governments and industry influencers suggest that technologies may salve these haemorrhaging systems as well as support national and international initiatives for “ageing in place”, “ageing well” and “healthy ageing”. Yet some older people, carers and ethicists are wary that technologies will replace human contact and quality of care.
This paper explores the intersection of technology with sensibilities and practices of care and experiences in later life. Starting from the central premise that technologies already pervade health, care and everyday life, it examines how people’s interactions with new technologies, such as robots and digital monitoring systems, may affect and shape the logics and realities of caring and the quotidian in later life. In doing so, it leaves open further consideration for what care means to us, and how the advent of digital technology and AI may affect our understanding, experience and practice of care.
This month, Matthew has been featured by the N8 Research Partnership as one of their ‘N8 New Pioneers’:
“The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England. Among the 19,000 academic staff across the N8, there spans a wealth of experience and expertise in areas across the physical, life and environmental sciences, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities and more. We’re taking a look at some of the rising stars across the N8 institutions who are working on unique and pioneering research, and creating real world impact through their work.”