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ICT in Aged Care Context Ideas behind www.broadbandforseniors.com.au Dr Geoffrey Bird, National Executive Director, COTA Over 50s (Council on the Ageing), 2007 - 2009 Professor Andrew Lian, Professor Emeritus, University of Canberra (Australia) ICT in Aged Care Context

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Dr Geoffrey Bird (PhD) was the founding Executive Director of the National Policy Office of COTA Over 50s (Council on the Ageing). As the National Executive Director, Dr Geoffrey Bird succeeded in achieving age pension increase in 2009. Committed to scholarly endeavours, Dr Bird also established COTA Over 50s' national Emerging Researchers’ Awards for best postgraduate research on issues relating to ageing. Education PhD, University of N. Carolina, USAMA, University of Alberta, CanadaB.Ec. University of Sydney Professor Andrew Lian (PhD) is Australia's leading expert on the use of computers in education and in foreign language learning, in particular. Currently, Professor Lian is a Vice-President of AsiaCALL (Asia Computer Assisted Language Learning) organisation, Chair in the Dept. of Foreign Languages, Western Illinois University and Professor Emeritus, University of Canberra. He was the founding professor at Bond University teaching the use of technology in second language learning. For more about Professor Lian, CLICK HERE. Education PhD, University of Sorbonne, Paris, FranceBA (Hons), University of Sydney

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Technology The message that computer technology continues to send to the broader community has been consistent for the last 30 years. Research after research reports that, when used in an informed and imaginative way, computer technology helps to enhance the quality of our lives. This includes Australia’s elderly. We know that typically, with age, the lifestyles of our elderly change and their daily lives, for one reason or another, do not provide sufficient or the right stimuli enabling them to continue generating and integrating new neurological connections. And yet, the presence of such stimuli is critical for older people to continue creating emotional and psychological bridges with life, others and with themselves. ICT in Aged Care Context

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Technology and Research on Ageing The studies by the Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades in Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA, aimed to facilitate cognitive stimulation using simple online games. For 24 weeks, next to other two treatment methods, patients with Alzheimer's disease were given access to interactive multimedia internet-based system (IMIS) designed for cognitive stimulation. They included 19 separate ‘‘tasks’’ or stimulation exercises across the domains of attention, calculation, gnosis, language, memory and orientation. Although the accompanied “treatment” methods showed benefits, these effects were attenuated after 24 weeks. On the other hand, the IMIS program provided an improvement above and beyond others, and had a lasting effect. (Click here for the direct link to the games) ICT in Aged Care Context

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Click on the Arrow inside the video ABOVE This is an example of games used by researchers who found that the internet-accessible computer activities were even more successful than classic exercises of mental stimulation commonly used with dementia patients. (click for a demo on youtube) Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, October 2006 ICT in Aged Care Context

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Technology and Wellbeing The premise of www.broadbandforseniors.com.au is wonderfully summarised in another study of the positive impact that interactive environments have on our elderly: “We cannot alter our genes (yet) […] However, we can alter our environment, and this appears to expand the time of higher quality of life (defined as better mental status or time outside of nursing home care). Until such time as treatments are available that can truly modify or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, improving and extending the period of higher quality of life may be the most important clinical outcome (Am J Psychiatry 164:849-852, June 2007). ICT in Aged Care Context

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www.broadbandforseniors.com.au ICT in Aged Care Context This website is a guide to interactive multimedia internet-based activities for teachers and trainers working in different contexts; this includes carers and aged care professionals. The unique aspect of this handbook is: Its rich collection of links to Internet-based communication, education and entertainment. While the activities are organised according to subject and age groups, trainers can explore different categories to facilitate different types of activities. In different contexts, seniors can have equal fun playing kids' spelling games, as they can have listening to their favourite songs on youtube or watching sophisticated academic lectures. Online tutorials supporting online activities. These tutorials can be used by trainers or by individual seniors, in order to improve one's technical skills.

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www.broadbandforseniors.com.au ICT in Aged Care Context The activities on www.broadbandforseniors.com.au cover a wide range of interests and needs. In addition, trainers and seniors may wish to create and upload on our seniors site a digital Family Albums illustrating the life or interest of a senior. This activity can bring together aged care residents and, where possible, also family members in a joint activity. (CLICK for an EXAMPLE) We hope, the games, websites and activities proposed in this website will give seniors opportunities to experiment in the virtual world, and derive joy and a sense of achievement.

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