Bookable through the Bealtaine Festival in Ireland, this event is a collaboration between creative ageing organisations in the UK and Ireland.
Although the recent pandemic has accelerated and widened the use of digital technologies across generations, many older people are finding it increasingly difficult to access essential goods and services due to a lack of access to the internet and/ or technical skills, as well as badly designed technology.
This conversation aims to inform and provoke discussion about rethinking digital access and digital literacy among older people. Four speakers from the UK and Ireland will talk about their own creative approach to widening digital access and the potential offered by the internet.
The speakers are:
Ruthanne Baxter – University of Edinburgh: Ruthanne Baxter is Civic Engagement Manager for the University of Edinburgh Heritage Collections and founder of Prescribe Culture, a heritage-based non-clinical initiative for health, social care and wellbeing, which won the Tech4Good Arts & Culture Award 2021.
Karin Diamond – Re-Live, Cardiff: Re-Live is an award-winning charity providing a dynamic programme of Life Story Theatre, Arts in Health group work and experiential training. She will talk about creating theatre digitally with their Company of Elders.
Helen Manchester – University of Bristol: Helen leads the interdisciplinary team working on ‘Connecting Through Culture As We Age’, a research project aiming to increase participation in social, digital and cultural life for older people.
Ross Dowd – Ireland: Ross Dowd is a Dublin-based industrial and interaction designer who focuses on designing meaningful interactions. He currently lectures Interaction Design at NCAD, and is the co-founder and CEO of Spree, an exercise app for reducing the onset of frailty in older adults.
Phyl O’Connor, Ireland: Phyl O’Connor has a background in teaching and Education Management and later in TV Research and has received training and learned how to use basic programmes for use as Teaching aids, Children’s IT training-and recording & reporting.