BIME’s 44th ANNUAL LECTURE: Moving beyond the pendant alarm


Simon Bond

Category: Assisted Living Action Network, Events, News

BIME’s 44th ANNUAL LECTURE: Moving beyond the pendant alarm – how can technology meet the needs of an ageing population?

On Wednesday 3 October 2012, BIME held its 44th Annual Lecture, at the University of Bath.

BIME was very pleased to welcome Professor Gail Mountain as our speaker.

Professor Mountain described her current research and how this has been informed by her earlier clinical experiences as an Occupational Therapist.  She also reflected upon her own ageing process and how this is beginning to influence her work.   She included a critical examination of what she and others have achieved in gerontological and technology research and suggested some directions for future work.

Gail Mountain DipCOT, MPhil, PHD

Gail Mountain is Professor of Health Services Research (Assisted Living Research) at the University of Sheffield. She is the Director of the EPSRC funded SMART Consortium and Principle Director of the KT-EQUAL Consortium which is engaged in transfer of knowledge out of research to benefit older and disabled people.  Gail is also an occupational therapist; having practiced for 13 years before becoming involved in research.   Gail’s research interests are focussed upon improving the quality of life of older people through provision of appropriate interventions, good design and by facilitating participation, reflecting her occupational therapy background.   She is currently leading two randomised controlled trials that are examining the effectiveness of interventions to promote wellbeing in later life.  She is also involved in a TSB funded project to look at how telehealth might be mainstreamed at scale in practice.  People with a diagnosis of dementia is a longstanding clinical and research interest; Gail is a co-investigator for a trial called ‘valuing active life in dementia’.  She is also working with a PhD student to explore the use of touch screen technology for people with dementia living in the community.

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