The AGES 2.0 Transnational Stakeholders' Meeting will take place on 21st and 22nd November 2013 and it will bring partners from local authorities, research centres and social care providers together to better understand the potential that social media and other digital technologies offer to improve well-being and social inclusion for older people. English and Italian stakholders will also participate to the two-day meeting.
On Day 1, partners and stakeholders will travel to Torbay, where they will review the context for the Ages 2.0 project in the UK. They will examine the drive to improve co-operation between agencies and professional workers, in order to deliver better and more ‘joined-up’ health and social care services within ever tightening budgets. They will look at the role Assistive Technology can play in supporting older people and review practical examples of initiatives taking place within Torbay, one of the UK’s leading and first combined health and social care trusts.
On Day 2, participants will travel to Taunton. They will hold the meeting at Croft House, a residential and community care home run by Somerset Care. During Day 2, they will focus on understanding how Somerset Care works to maintain and build connections between older people, their friends, families and the wider community. They will hear about the practicalities of delivering the AGES 2.0 approach from a Care Technologist, discuss early stage findings with the research team and have the chance to discuss the mainstreaming potential and policy implications of the project.