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NetwellCASALA finalists in ThinkTech Awards

NetwellCASALA are delighted to be finalists in ThinkTech, a €1 million project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland. ThinkTech was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org and the Government, with the aim of identifying innovative technology ideas that will create positive social impact in Ireland. NetwellCASALA, in partnership with Alone, are one of twelve finalists. The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony in Google Foundry on December 7th. Details of the proposed project are in the image below. Please contact julie.doyle@casala.ie for more information.
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Good Morning Louth opens Ardee office

Good Morning Louth, a free telephone service for older people to ensure they are safe and well in their home, launched its second outreach office in Ferdia House, Moorehall Lodge Retirement Village in Ardee.

More information can be found here. Pictured from left to right are Pat Kerins, GML Manager, Anne Murphy, GLM Project Coordinator and Breege Conlon Village/Homecare Coordinator at Moorehall Lodge.

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Great Northern Haven best practice model in housing for older people

Housing for older people: Future perspectives: Age Friendly Ireland’s study on housing for older people was presented at the Louth County Council AGM in County Hall, June 20th 2016.

Photo: Ken Finegan

 
The report highlights how the Great Northern Haven in Dundalk, a collaborative housing project developed by Louth County Council, Netwell Casala at DkIT and the HSE has become a best practice model, demonstrating a gold standard in independent living for older people.

The Great Northern Haven project was developed in 2007 to promote independent living for older people. The 16 apartment complex in Barrack Street was particularly progressive combining innovative housing design, technology to monitor wellbeing with improved access to formal and informal social supports. The project has been a major success with twelve of the original fifteen residents still living in the apartments.

The other, perhaps more significant measure of the success of the project, has been the learning’s from the project and the reach those learning are having in national housing strategy policy for older people. Age Friendly Ireland carried out an extensive impartial study into the Great Northern Haven, looking at the Great Northern Haven housing model along with other exemplary housing models in Naas, Thurrock in the UK and Bamberg in Germany.

The resulting report “Housing for older people: Future Perspectives” which was launched in Limerick in April, demonstrates how the Great Northern is a best practice model in how to best support older people living independently. In particular, it highlighted three key aspects of the Great Northern Haven that make it such a good model for housing for older people; the physical location (within 1 km of shops and public amenities), technology (using internal monitors to give security, support and comfort to residents and their families) and critically the strong social supports provided by both the HSE and Netwell Casala.

The Age Friendly Ireland report was presented at Louth County Council’s AGM on 20th June by Ashling Costello, one of the authors of the report who said “the aim of this report is to inform housing policy for older people and to encourage a collaborative approach between agencies to develop housing that truly meets the needs of older people. It is fantastic to get the opportunity to present the report to Louth County Council and to see how well it is being received both here and in other counties and most importantly, ten years after the Great Northern Haven project began, how it’s learning’s are now beginning to influence housing decisions for older people”.


NetwellCASALA at DkIT leads Irish trials for €4.67m EU Horizon2020 Project to Revolutionise Digital Healthcare for Older People

The pioneering health technology project, led by Trinity College will enable older people with multiple chronic illnesses to better manage their illnesses at home.

Dundalk, Ireland, 10 June 2016. Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has this week announced that its multi-disciplinary research centre, NetwellCASALA will lead trials for a pioneering digital health technology project that will enable older people with multiple chronic diseases to self-manage their conditions and to be cared for in their own homes.

Currently, 50 million patients in Europe suffer from two or more chronic conditions (or multimorbidity) and in Ireland, there are approximately 16,000 people aged 65 and over with more than one chronic illness. The four main types of chronic diseases are cardiovascular disease (e.g. congestive heart failure), cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes.

The new ProACT system will allow older people who have two or more of these chronic illnesses and their network of informal and formal carers including GP’s, pharmacists and hospital based doctors to input and access relevant information about the older person’s conditions in one central location.  It is a unified proactive approach to managing several chronic conditions in older people, which is centred on the older person staying at home instead of constantly having to attend medical appointments.

NetwellCASALA at DkIT, supported by Trinity College Dublin, will lead the 12 month Irish proof of concept trial in conjunction with the HSE in the North East and home care specialists Home Instead.  The trial aims to test the designed technological system with 60 patients in Louth.

Dr. Julie Doyle principle investigator for ProACT at NetwellCASALA said “ProACT is an incredibly exciting project to be part of as it has the potential to really revolutionise healthcare for older people with multiple chronic conditions”.  Speaking at the launch, Tim McCormac head of research at DkIT added “we are delighted to lead the trials for ProACT. NetwellCASALA at DkIT has unrivalled expertise in delivering complex high-profile research projects that aim to harness technology to improve the lives of older people.  ProACT is a hugely important initiative as we seek to deliver much needed care to our older people with chronic health conditions in an environment of diminishing resources and rising costs.  We look forward to working with the HSE in the North East to uncover the benefits that this new system can offer society globally”.

For further information on ProACT, please reference www.proact2020.eu or contact NetwellCASALA.

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Researcher sought to apply for Assistid Marie Curie Fellowship

We are seeking a researcher to apply to the Assistid Programme as an incoming fellow, through NetwellCASALA in Dundalk Institute of Technology, in collaboration with avail. The project will explore the role of using multimedia prompts on smart devices to enhance independence for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Intellectual Disability. avail have developed an application that enables facilitators to create individualised, multimedia prompts of a person’s daily tasks using a smart device. The person with ASD or ID then receives step-by-step prompts of a specific task using the app. The assessment system guides the facilitator to assess learning and fade-back prompts to ensure independence is maximised. Daily activities and learning are monitored using real-time technology and stored on the avail web portal. This data is used to facilitate individualised reports and person-centred planning.

 

The main goal of the project should involve a detailed field evaluation of the usage of the application in practice, including its effectiveness and user experience. Therefore, the potential fellow should have a background in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Psychology, Human Computer Interaction or a related discipline. Experience in conducting field trials and working with individuals with ASD/ID would be beneficial.

 

The incoming fellow will need to develop a proposal on this for submission to the Assistid Programme by June 30th 2016. More details on the fellowships, including eligibility criteria, can be found here. Interested people should contact Dr. Julie Doyle at Julie.doyle@casala.ie.


Dr. Julie Doyle attends Women in Science event hosted by the President

On 31st January, Dr. Julie Doyle attended the Women in Science event, hosted at  Áras an Uachtaráin by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. Pictured alongside Julie are DkIT colleagues Sinead Loughran, Coletta Dalikeni and Suzanne Linnane.

 

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Good Morning Louth Volunteers

A great night of bonding was had by the Good Morning Louth volunteers over Christmas. The volunteers are the backbone of this very important service and they have created a positive community which do such important work to support older people. Thank you to all the volunteers!

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Netwell Memory Cafe

Ann Marron | 8th February 2016

What: A warm welcome awaits people experiencing dementia or memory loss, their friends, family carers, health care and service providers.

Where: At our Netwell Memory Loss Café in Ruby’s Vintage Style Tea Rooms, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.

When: Wednesday, 17th February 2016, from 6 – 8pm.

Why: Why not call in for a chat over a cup of tea, listen to our guest speaker, gather relevant information or just sit and relax between 6 and 8pm.

Who: Speaker 6.45 pm: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre. “Attentional Blackboards and Memory Bookcases”.

Upcoming Netwell Memory Loss Cafe Meetings 2016

Meetings will take place in “The River Cafe”, The Marshes S.C Dundalk from March 16th 2016

 

Wednesday 16th March 2016 from 6-8pm.

Speaker; Lucia Carragher, Netwell Centre. “The Mouse in the Bin”.

Wednesday 20th April 2016 from 6-8pm.

Speaker; Amanda Cowan, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Adult SLT Network

For information please contact: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre
Phone: 0879369931
Email: ann.marron@netwellcentre.org


Netwell Memory Cafe

Ann Marron | 11th December 2015

What: A warm welcome awaits friends, family carers and their loves ones experiencing memory difficulties or dementia.

Where: At our Netwell Memory Café in Ruby’s Vintage Style Tea Rooms, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.

When: Wednesday, 20th January 2016, from 6 – 8pm.

Why: Why not call in for a chat over a cup of tea, listen to our guest speaker, gather relevant information or just sit and relax between 6 and 8pm.

Who: Speaker 6.45 pm: Anne Shekleton ACNS, Care of Older Person Medicine. “Dementia clinics / assessments”.

 

Upcoming Netwell Cafe Meetings 2016
Wednesday 17th February 2016 from 6-8pm.

Speaker; Ann Marron, Netwell Centre. “Attentional Blackboards and Memory Bookcases”.

 

Wednesday 16th March 2016 from 6-8pm.

Speaker; Lucia Carragher, Netwell Centre. “The Mouse in the Bin”.

 

For information please contact: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre
Phone: 0879369931
Email: ann.marron@netwellcentre.org


Good Morning Louth Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2015

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Netwell Christmas Party

This year’s Netwell Christmas party is now sold out. For those attending, please see details below

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Netwell Memory Loss Cafe

Ann Marron | 30th October 2015

What: A warm welcome awaits friends, family carers and their loves ones experiencing memory difficulties or dementia.

Where: At our Netwell Memory Café in Ruby’s Vintage Style Tea Rooms, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.

When: Wednesday, 18th November 2015, from 6 – 8pm.

Why: Why not call in for a chat over a cup of tea, listen to our guest speaker, gather relevant information or just sit and relax between 6 and 8pm.

Who: Speaker 6.45 pm: Mary Callaghan, HSE mental health services. “Dementia and the Mental Health Service”.

 

Upcoming Netwell Cafe Meetings 2015

There will be no meetings in December 2015.
 
Meetings in 2016 will occur on the third Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday 20th January 2016 from 6-8pm.

Speaker; Anne Shekleton ACNS Care of Older Person Medicine. Dementia clinics/assessments.

 
For information please contact: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre
Phone: 0879369931
Email: ann.marron@netwellcentre.org


NetwellCASALA involved in successful Horizon 2020 application ProACT

3rd September 2015

NetwellCASALA are delighted to be involved in a successful Horizon 2020 proposal under PHC-25  and coordinated by Dr. John Dinsmore in Trinity College Dublin. The project is entitled ProACT – Integrated Technology Ecosystems for ProACTIVE Patient Centred Care. Dr. Julie Doyle led NetwellCASALA’s involvement in the proposal, closely supported by Rodd Bond (Director of NetwellCASALA) and Ed Lenox.

ProACT aims to develop and evaluate an open application programming interface ecosystem to integrate a wide variety of new and existing technologies to improve and advance integrated care for multimorbidity (including associated co-morbidities). The ecosystem will connect four key care and support models central to understanding and implementing effective, continued and coordinated patient centric care (including self-management). These models are 1) homecare (including informal care); 2) hospital care; 3) community and social care and 4) social support networks.

NetwellCASALA will play a large role in the project, and will lead a trial to evaluate the ProACT system. The project will take place over a 42-month period, beginning in early 2016. The consortium was awarded €4.87 million and consists of 12 partners, led by Trinity College Dublin, and including IBM, Phillips Healthcare, iMinds, Home Instead,The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) .


Netwell Memory Cafe

Ann Marron | 3rd September 2015

What: A warm welcome awaits friends, family carers and their loves ones experiencing memory difficulties or dementia.

Where: At our Netwell Memory Café in Ruby’s Vintage Style Tea Rooms, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.

When: Wednesday, 16th September 2015, from 6 – 8pm.

Why: Why not call in for a chat over a cup of tea, listen to our guest speaker, gather relevant information or just sit and relax between 6 and 8pm.

Who: Speaker 6.45 pm: Olive Joyce, The Birches, ASI. “Dementia and Ambiguous Grief”.

 

Upcoming Netwell Cafe Meetings 2015

Wednesday 14th October 2015 from 6-8pm.

Speaker 6.45 pm; Helen Rochford Brennan, Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. “I have Alzheimer’s Disease”.

 

Wednesday 18th November 2015 from 6-8pm.

Speaker 6.45pm; Mary Callaghan s/n. “Dementia and the Mental Health Service”.

 

There will be no meetings in December 2015.

Meetings in 2016 will occur on the third Wednesday of each month. 

For information please contact: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre
Phone: 0879369931
Email: ann.marron@netwellcentre.org


NetwellCASALA researchers at British HCI

17th July 2015

Dr. Niamh Caprani and Michael Wilson attended and presented at British HCI this week. The 2015 British Human Computer Interaction Conference was held in Lincoln from 13th-17th July and organised by the University of Lincoln’s Social Computing (LiSC) research centre in conjunction with Open Lab at Newcastle University.

The conference attracted in excess of 250 people from 20 different counties from around the globe, and culminated in a live video-linked discussion between attendees and Julian Assange which was chaired by Chris Csikszentmihalyi.

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Niamh was presenting a full paper “Exploring healthcare professionals’ preferences for visualising sensor data” and Michael presented a poster in the evening session “Designing Stress Management Interventions for Older Adults to Improve Wellbeing”.

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NetwellCASALA Researchers Visit the International Longevity Centre, Rio

Julie Doyle | 20th July 2015

On May 30th, Dr. Lucia Carragher, Dr. Julie Doyle and Joanne Finnegan from the NetwellCASALA research centre in DkIT travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to visit a number of ageing research projects and to form relationships and collaborations with ageing researchers in Brazil. The visit was supported by SFI under the Research Brazil Ireland initiative, which aims to promote Ireland’s scientific and technological reputation in Brazil and to highlight Ireland’s attractiveness as an international research partner.

Prior to the visit, NetwellCASALA, alongside researchers in DCU, DIT and NUIG formed a working group with researchers from the International Longevity Centre (ILC) in Rio de Janeiro, with the aim of exploring common themes of interest centering on age friendly technologies. The ILC hosted the DkIT visit to Rio and organized a number of meetings and site visits over a 5-day period. The first visit was to an outdoor exercise park for older adults, where a dedicated physical trainer and nurse are on-site to ensure people are exercising safely and having their vitals, such as their blood pressure, monitored regularly. There are numerous such parks dotted around the city, supported by the local authority, and are very well attended by large numbers of older adults daily. Another visit was to a day centre where older adults can take part in a number of activities, including tai chi, yoga, drama and learning English. The NetwellCASALA team met with a number of the older adults in these groups as well as the staff who maintain the service.

NetwellCASALA researchers visit a day care centre for older adults

NetwellCASALA researchers visit a day care centre for older adults

Lucia, Julie and Joanne took part in a seminar with Brazilian researchers to present NetwellCASALA’s ageing research and to learn more about Brazilian research in this area. Various meetings were also held with the Centre for Ageing Study and Research, the Centre for Art and Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio and the State University of Rio which hosts the University of the Third Age. For the past 20 years, the University of the Third Age has offered over 150 courses to older adults and NetwellCASALA staff had the opportunity to visit some classes where large numbers of older adults are in attendance. There are in total 3,000 older adults currently registered with the University, and it has a very intergenerational feel with both younger and older people walking around the university, attending classes etc. There is also an onsite medical centre, where older adults can have their wellbeing monitored if necessary.

Following from the many visits with Brazilian research institutes and local authorities, NetwellCASALA will seek funding opportunities to support strengthening the working group and collaborations formed, as well as to work on collaborative projects in the area of age-friendly technologies to support wellbeing.

NetwellCASALA researchers with ILC staff

NetwellCASALA researchers with ILC staff


DISCOVER – Caring for Carers, Digitally

Lucia Carragher | 14th July 2015

The Context of care

All EU countries are experiencing an ageing of their populations, with a decrease in the number of people of working age and a corresponding increase in the number of retirees. The rising demand for care from a growing older population has cost implications for governments, for service providers and for families who will continue to provide the vast bulk of care and support in the community.

The role of digital technologies

Digital technologies can increase the skills of those who provide care, expanding health literacy and access to information to help improve carers’ understanding and management of specific conditions. This in turn can assist in the delivery of better care and lead to a better quality of life for both the carer and the cared-for person.  Across all EU Member States there is considerable scope for digital technologies to transform care. In the past, attention focussed mainly on telehealth and telecare, with technologies such as alarms, sensors, aids and monitoring equipment designed to assist the person with the care need, with little or no attention given to how technologies and online services could be used to better support those providing care—family carers and paid carers. With the growth of independent living technologies there has however been a move away from purpose-built devices to off-the-shelf cell phones, smart phones, tablets, and personal computers, bringing more aspects of care into people’s homes and offering greater opportunities to support the carer as well as the cared for person.

DISCOVER – a new online resource for carers

DISCOVER is a pan-European project funded under CIP-ICT-PSP (2011: 3.2) call to support the digital inclusion of carers. It aims to embed digital technologies in the everyday reality of caring for older people, whether the carer is a family member or a paid care worker. To achieve this, DISCOVER created accessible learning solutions which include an e-learning platform developed according to user-led methodologies promoted by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). This platform, which is available at www.discover4carers.eu includes a virtual learning environment which brings together a host of learning materials, including computer simulations that imitate real-life care situations, informative videos, computer games and a host of web resources that have been optimised to display on different screens (e.g.tablets or mobile phones) and for low bandwidth internet connections. It provides quality assured information on the most common health problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia and heart disease in a way that enables carers to gain valuable digital skills and to talk to other carers in a secure environment.  To help carers get the most out of the DISCOVER platform and to allay any concerns carers may have about using the internet, the platform offers digital skills training on how to stay say on the internet and how to use social media effectively. It also caters for the needs of those carers who wish to build a transferable learning portfolio that can demonstrate achievements to future employers or educational institutions.

The DISCOVER platform was tested by 498 family carers, care workers and older care recipients in Greece, Spain, UK and the Netherlands.   Results confirm carers’ need for help with immediate problems to manage day-to-day caring responsibilities and for information about health conditions, skills and services to support better care. Our evidence points to the isolation of care work and the need for services to support carers to support each other.  At the end of the test stage, family carers and care workers confirmed that DISCOVER enabled them to gain new digital skills (59% and 67% respectively), to gain knowledge about using technologies for care (89% and 76% respectively) and to increase their knowledge of health conditions (83% and 71% respectively). More importantly, care workers and family carers described how they are using their new knowledge and skills in their caring roles, and this was confirmed by some of the care managers and healthcare professionals supporting the care recipients, and they confirmed that participating in DISCOVER improved the wellbeing of carers.

 

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The DISCOVER partners consortium, nine European partners:

  1. CASALA, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland,
  2. Digital Birmingham (Birmingham City Council)
  3. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,
  4. Astra-Com VOF, the Netherlands,
  5. Birmingham City University, United Kingdom,
  6. Cetemmsa, Spain,
  7. Coventry University Enterprises Limited, United Kingdom
  8. Fundación INTRAS, Spain,
  9. Open University, United Kingdom

For more information and to sign up to the portal, please visit http://www.discover4carers.eu/ or contact NetwellCASALA.


Netwell Memory Café

Ann Marron | 5th May 2015

What: A warm welcome awaits friends, family carers and their loves ones experiencing memory difficulties or dementia.

Where: At our Netwell Memory Café in Ruby’s Vintage Style Tea Rooms, Williamson Mall, Francis Street, Dundalk.

When: Thursday, 21st May 2015, from 6 – 8pm.

Why: Why not call in for a chat over a cup of tea, listen to our guest speaker, gather relevant information or just sit and relax between 6 and 8pm.

Who: Speaker 6.30 pm: Dr. Moloney, Consultant Psychiatrist, “Caring for the Carers”

 

Upcoming Netwell Memory Café

Meetings 2015

Thursday, 18th June 2015 from 6-8pm.

Speaker 6.30pm;  Mary Gaughran, “Living with dementia” a family carer’s story

 

For information please contact: Ann Marron, Netwell Centre
Phone: 0879369931
Email: ann.marron@netwellcentre.org


Men’s Shedders on Seven O’Clock Show

Eva Beirne | 17th April 2015

Louth Shedder’s John and Tom representing on the TV3s Seven O’Clock Show with Martin King and Lucy Kennedy.

To see them click on the link below. Skip to 17mins in.
http://www.tv3.ie/3player/mobile/723/92343/The-Seven-O%27Clock-Show

For more information on Louth Men’s Shed movement contact the project coordinator, Eva Beirne.
Phone: 085 8895471
Email: eva.beirne@netwellcentre.org

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Cúltaca recognized with Age Friendly Community Innovation Award

Julie Doyle | 22nd January 2015

Congratulations to NetwellCASALA’s Cúltaca who were awarded the Age Friendly Community Innovation Award at a ceremony in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on January 20th. The ceremony recognised seven countrywide projects for innovative and creative approaches to enhancing age-friendliness in Ireland.

The inaugural Age Friendly Achievement and Recognition Awards 2014 took place in Cavan on Tuesday afternoon with the Age Friendly Community Innovation Award going to Cultaca Supporting Older People, Dundalk, Co. Louth, from left Rob Bond, Anne Marron, Harry Conaty representing An Post, Sponsor and Dr. Lucia Carragher.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The inaugural Age Friendly Achievement and Recognition Awards 2014 took place in Cavan on Tuesday afternoon with the Age Friendly Community Innovation Award going to Cultaca Supporting Older People, Dundalk, Co. Louth, from left Rob Bond, Anne Marron, Harry Conaty representing An Post, Sponsor and Dr. Lucia Carragher. Photo: Lorraine Teevan.

For further information see: http://agefriendlyireland.ie/age-friendly-recognition-and-achievement-awards-2014-2/


Andrea Kealy passes PhD Viva

Julie Doyle | 6th January 2015

Congratulations to NetwellCASALA’s Andrea Kealy who passed her PhD viva on December 15th. Andrea’s thesis is titled ‘Use of Ambient Sensors for the Longitudinal Profiling of the Nocturnal Behaviour of Older Adults in their Homes’. Andrea was supervised by Dr. John Loane and Dr. Kevin McDaid.

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Andrea’s thesis abstract:

With an ageing population putting an increased demand on healthcare, an alternative means for employing regular monitoring is required in order to maintain the quality of life of older people as they age. Research indicates that patient-centric monitoring is the ideal means for health management. Remote monitoring using a series of ambient sensors has been proposed as a means for supporting the monitoring required for a patient-centric healthcare model. Facilitating such monitoring could aid in the identification of early signs of age related illnesses, and as a consequence, support early intervention.

This thesis focuses on the investigation and development of an unobtrusive method to monitor day and night time behaviour using an ambient sensor setup. The long-term deployment of ambient sensors within the homes of the older adults living in the Great Northern Haven serves as the testbed for this research. The novel contributions contained within this thesis focus on the development and validation of models to extract day and night time behaviour measures. This incorporates the development of a validation framework, encompassing four tiers of validation, proposed to evaluate the reliability of the derived behaviour measures. The work presented extends current research through the profiling of the short and medium term behaviour of older adults living in their own homes. Furthermore the short term change in the behaviour of older adults surrounding significant events is investigated to explore whether a change in day and night time behaviour could provide important information on the behaviour of adults immediately before and after illness events.

While changes in sleep patterns normally occur as people age degradation in sleep over time has been shown to have a considerable negative impact on health. It is envisaged that the novel use of density map visualisations, representing movement in three main living areas of individuals’ homes, could facilitate the identification of changes in night time behaviour. Additionally the application of cluster analysis to automatically classify changes in night time behaviour is explored.


NetwellCASALA’s Dr. Julie Doyle speaks at TEDx Fulbright Dublin

Julie Doyle | April 2014

On April 5th, Julie Doyle gave a talk at TEDx Fulbright Dublin entitled Empowering Health Ageing with Good Design. Empowering individuals to manage their own health and wellbeing will result in more cost-effective healthcare systems, improved health outcomes and will encourage healthy individuals to remain that way. With the advent of the quantified-self movement in recent years, there has been an increase in technology supporting wellness self-management. Such applications allow people to self-track and self-report, with many providing feedback. However, few systems consider older adults as potential end users, with many designers taking the view that older adults are neither willing nor capable of using technology.

5/04/2014 : Pictured at TEDx Fulbright Dublin event at Smock Alley Theatre. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

5/04/2014 : Pictured at TEDx Fulbright Dublin event at Smock Alley Theatre. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Julie’s talk counteracts that view, demonstrating ways in which interactive applications can be designed intuitively, so that older adults are easily able to not only use such technology, but interpret and act on visual feedback of their wellbeing.

More information on the TEDx Fulbright Programme: http://www.tedxfulbright.org/dublin-program/

View the talk: http://www.fulbright.ie/tedxfulbrightdublin-empowering-healthy-ageing-good-design-julie-doyle


Dr. Julie Doyle featured in Smart Future’s Career Stories

Julie Doyle | March 2014

NetwellCASALA’s Dr. Julie Doyle spoke with Maria Delaney of Smart Futures about her career in science and technology to date, and her research in the field of technologies to support healthy ageing. Smart Futures is a programme promoting STEM careers to students in Ireland. You can read the interview here.

(Link: http://smartfutures.ie/career-stories-julie-doyle-dkit/)


Shortlist Announcement – The Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2014

Andrew MacFarlane | Feb 2014

CASALA researchers in running for Research Team of the Year Award. The shortlisted project is a collaboration between the HSE, UCD and CASALA.

St. Alphonsus Health Centre is an innovative project looking at the use of sensor technology to identify community dwelling older adults at risk of falling. Best of luck to Julie, Lorcan, Erin, all the team and participants. Winners announced March 7th.


iHCI 2013 Conference Report

Julie Doyle | 30th July 2013

The seventh annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference took place at Dundalk Institute of Technology, on June 12th and 13th 2013. Organised by CASALA, and co-chaired by CASALA’s Dr. Julie Doyle and Sonja Hermann of TCD, the conference featured presentations from UCD, TCD, Dundalk IT, IADT, UCC, DCU and CIT, as well as international speakers from the UK and Sweden. Since its inaugural event in 2007, iHCI has been first and foremost the venue for the Irish HCI community to meet and discuss their work “at home” and to create national awareness and visibility for a growing field of research in Irish academia and industry.

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Read the full conference report here: http://sigchi.cs.tcd.ie/2013/07/ihci-2013-conference-report