Research Projects

Growing Old and Staying Connected: Touch Screen Technology for Ameliorating Older People’s Experience of Social Isolation

Social isolation is experienced when people have limited contact with others. It affects many older people and is associated with a range of physical and mental health problems. It is, therefore, a significant health concern, particularly for an ageing population.

This project investigates the use of novel technologies to prevent and to ameliorate social isolation experienced by older adults.

Building on a pilot project funded by the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), this project uses a uniquely designed photo and message sharing iPad application in a longitudinal field study with a group of older people who are, or are at risk of being, socially isolated.

The project is funded by the ARC linkage scheme in partnership with Benetas and IBES.

Research Team

This is a multidisciplinary project, involving researchers working in the fields of human-computer interaction, computer science, social work, and aged care policies and practice. The project team comprises:


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Contact Details

Prof Frank Vetere
Email: f.vetere@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Jenny Waycott
Email: jwaycott@unimelb.edu.au