First, I want to show how much is happening - from major research and funding programmes, through to local projects and the development of apps for mobile devices. Second, I was checking to see whether it was any easier these days to find just who is doing what - whether you are a researcher, policy-maker, funder or just someone looking for advice for yourself, a friend or relative.
My conclusion - it's all still pretty confusing. Back in March 2013Shirley Ayres wrote:
“There is so much potential for digital technology to enable people to make new connections, contribute to person-centred support, develop community networks and new models of care so an obvious question is what is stopping more widespread adoption?
There is no shortage of innovations in digital technology and millions of pounds are being spent supporting further developments. It is less clear about the application, impact and usage of these innovations.
“One problem is the limited awareness in the sector and amongst the public about what is available and it’s value. I believe that a big deficit is the lack of a strategic approach to embedding digital technology in the range of options to support people to live more fulfilling lives.”
As I've noted in the doc, Shirley suggested a number of initiatives: convene a roundtable of funders; provide signposts to advice and information; promote events; map digital community hubs; benchmark awareness.
Before moving on to what might be done now, I would be glad of any further suggestions for resources, who you follow on Twitter for tech and innovation in Ageing Better, and which hashtags.