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International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Congress

Researchers from AGE-WELL (including Alex Mihailidis, Janet Fast and Andrew Sixsmith) are presenting at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Congress, 23-26 April 2015 in Dublin, Ireland

Speeches by the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Irish Gerontological Society President Mo Flynn put technology at the forefront of the IAGG Europe Conference in Dublin.

Enda Kenny highlighted the importance of technology for the health and well-being of seniors and the increasing importance of aging-related technologies to the Irish and European economies.

Mo Flynn emphasized a number of important and emerging themes within contemporary gerontology and social policy:
-the growing epidemic of social isolation
-income disparities and poverty
-extension of working life
-dementia and the need for innovative support for families

Technology has an important role to play in addressing these key problems. However, the “digital divide” makes it difficult for some older people to access supportive technologies and services and benefit more generally from participating in the digital society.

More information here.