Your AKTIVE Update

June 2013

Conference Special

This newsletter has been dedicated to the topics and proceedings from the Telecare and Independent Ageing Conference which took place in London on the 17th May 2013 and was organised by the AKTIVE team. To download the newsletter, click on the 'download' button below.

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March 2013

Stakeholder mapping exercise

An interview with Peter Buckle, Robens Institute, AKTIVE Consortium

During the ALIP Showcase 2013, Peter Buckle from Robens Institute gave a presentation about some of the work he has done as part of the AKTIVE project. Last year Peter led workshops during which AKTIVE consortium members with expertise contributed to build a stakeholders' map focused on the user of telecare.

The AKTIVE team asked Peter a few questions about this exercise:

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March 2013

Mapping consumer routes to market for Telecare technology and services across selected European countries

Radka Bartosova, Healthcare Innovation Consultant, Inventya Ltd.

In November, Inventya sent out a short survey to manufacturers who took part in the initial market research. The purpose of the survey was to familiarize these stakeholders with some headline information from the market research and to give them the chance to influence further research. They were asked to rate several research topics according to their 'usefulness' to their business. Five manufacturers have provided their feedback in this particular survey. Please see the topics presented to them:

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March 2013

Domesticating Telecare into the Everyday life of Older people

Emma-Reetta Koivunen, Research Fellow at CIRCLE, University of Leeds

Dr. Emma-Reetta Koivunen from the AKTIVE project's Social Research Team at CIRCLE University of Leeds is presenting initial research findings at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference in London in April 2013. The poster presentation discusses telecare use of older people using theory on 'Domestication of Technology'.

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August 2012

A message from AKTIVE's Director

By Sue Yeandle, Director of CRICLE at the University of Leeds and AKTIVE's director

The AKTIVE project is well under way! AKTIVE's central partnership - two universities, a telecare manufacturer and a market research and commercialisation company - also has the benefit of an energetic project Consortium, a dedicated Social Research Team and an expert, international Advisory Board. The energy and creativity each brings has proved invaluable, and there is more information about the role of each on these pages.

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August 2012

Inventya - what we do

By Valerie De Leonibus, Director of Inventya Ltd

Each partner organisation in the AKTIVE consortium has a specific role. Here at Inventya, one of our tasks has been to conduct in-depth market research to provide an insight into the market for the AKTIVE ELA (everyday life analysis) research team. The findings of our initial research will also serve as a basis for further AKTIVE research into lowering the barriers to commercialisation for producers. In other words, we are helping to make it easier for ALT providers to get their products and services to the people that need them, by getting to the route of their challenges and looking into solutions to these challenges.

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August 2012

Telecare and Ageing at Home with Dignity

By Alan Roulstone, Professor of Disability and Inclusion, Northumbria University

Northumbria University are proud to be a consortium partner with Aktive. The bringing together of industry, academia, medical and social care expertise is very exciting and a model of research impact and collaboration. Our role has been to provide insights into the policy context and to provide a 'state of the art' appraisal of the barriers to take up and use of telecare from the available evidence.

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Issue 01, December 2011

Welcome to AKTIVE

By Sue Yeandle, Director of CRICLE at the University of Leeds and AKTIVE's director

Leading centres of research on care and ageing at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford have joined forces with industrial partner Tunstall (UK) Ltd and commercial and market research partner Inventya Solutions Ltd to develop AKTIVE, a major new study on how telecare supports older people at risk when living at home because they suffer from memory problems or are likely to fall.

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