Using digital health technologies for ageing in community settings

From MICRA, Age-Friendly Manchester and the Health e-Research Centre.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

The ageing population is growing. At the same time, the NHS needs to cut back on costs to keep the health system sustainable. This means that people are expected to live at home longer and take care of themselves, supported by community services and their family and friends.

Digital technologies can be used to monitor health and mobility in the community. They have the potential to transform health and social care, while also providing benefit to older people.

At this seminar, policy makers, researchers, clinicians and older people themselves will talk about how these technologies can support and promote independent, healthy living and prevention of health problems. For the last talk, Dr Joanne Taylor will be joined by senior citizens from Wythenshawe and Salford.


  • Chair: Dr Sabine van der Veer, School of Health Sciences, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care - The University of Manchester. (Research Fellow at HeRC)
  • Prof Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director of Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care. (Positioning digital technologies within healthcare policies to meet the needs of an ageing society)
  • Prof Chris Todd, Professor of Primary Care & Community Health, University of Manchester.  (Digital technologies to support older people in the community to prevent falls)
  • Dr Joanne Taylor, Trainee Geriatrician (Older people's views on the use of digital health data in community settings)

Event outputs