Join us on 17 June 2022 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, to see the latest innovative solutions improving the health, wellbeing and independence of older adults facing social isolation and loneliness in Northern Ireland. From technology that helps you stay connected with family, friends, and carers, to wearable devices that monitor health conditions, ten businesses will be showcasing and sharing insights on the products and services they have been trialling in real-world settings.
A consortium of Northern Ireland organisations partnered with Connected Places Catapult as part of their Homes for Healthy Ageing programme. The programme aimed to develop testbeds focused on the local challenge of social isolation and loneliness. Led by Ulster University with Age NI, Belfast City Council, Connected Health Innovation Centre, Markets Development Association, Public Health Agency NI, Queen’s University Belfast, and Health Innovation Research Alliance – the consortium has been working collaboratively with Connected Places Catapult and 10 businesses to test innovative solutions to overcome social isolation and loneliness among older adults in Northern Ireland.
Come along on 17 June for an opportunity to network and learn more about the Homes for Healthy Ageing Programme, the solutions tested, and insights from the testbed.
You’ll benefit from this event if you’re:
- An investment partner or venture capitalist;
- A local authority, housing association, charity or non-profit;
- A researcher, academic, or policy professional
About Connected Places Catapult’s Homes for Healthy Ageing Programme
By 2050, 1 in 4 people will be over 65. An ageing population will bring new opportunities and challenges for our homes and neighbourhoods. There will be increased demand for homes that meet the needs of older people, and new policies and standards will require homes and neighbourhoods to be healthy, safe and accessible for all ages.
In 2021, Connected Places Catapult – the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and places – launched the Homes for Healthy Ageing programme. To explore how innovation, new policies and standards, along with a more joined-up approach across the built environment and health care sectors could accelerate the deployment of healthy and age-friendly homes and neighbourhoods in the UK.
Connected Places Catapult has developed an innovation framework to help stakeholders understand their local age-related challenges and trial new solutions through real world testing. The Homes for Healthy Ageing Programme is currently demonstrating the impact of this approach with five testbeds across the UK. Collaborating with local authorities, universities and businesses, the programme is gathering insights on the challenges that an ageing society will bring and showcasing the most innovative solutions to help grow a new ‘homes for healthy ageing’ market.