September 25 2002
smoother ride for older Australians
Australians can look forward to lifestyle improvements, better health
services and reduced isolation and it is all thanks to technology.
Contrary to the adage about old dogs and new tricks, according to
UniSA’s Emeritus Professor Mike Miller, given the opportunities, older
people can and will embrace technology in their lives, to their great
Miller will be one of four key speakers at UniSA’s Successful Ageing
Seminar - The future is here
- this Friday at City West Campus (70 North Terrace, Barbara Hanrahan
Building level 2 room 09) from 2 pm to 4 pm.
expert in next generation telecommunications Prof Miller along with Dr
Wilton Braund from the Medical Communications Association will explore and
explain how wireless and satellite technologies are allowing health
services to be brought to each individual more quickly and more
changes in communications are so dynamic and will impact across such a
wide range of everyday communications that they will influence the whole
community,” Prof Miller said. This is not about having to go back and
learn computing, it is about how these high tech developments will give
individuals simpler and easier means of accessing the power of such
developments particularly in the area of health.”
Salagaris from urban community developers Delfin Lend Lease will explore
plans for the unique Mawson Lakes Development, a 21st century
community designed to help people “age in place”.
development has been planned with an underlying ethos that encourages
environmental and economic sustainability, lifelong learning,
technologically enhanced communications and intergenerational community
development,” Salagaris says.
older people it provides a neighbourhood that will continue to engage and
support them. It is an integrated neighbourhood where old and young mix
freely and where accommodation options will range from completely
independent living, through supported at home care models and to high
dependency homes, but all in the same community.”
Van Emden from Helping Hand will explain how communications tools will
actually support community development at Mawson Lakes.
census figures show that older people are quite clearly taking up use of
the Internet in droves – to communicate to family and friends, research
holiday options, or simply as a resource for information on a range of
topics,” Van Emden says.
people retire or move into an aged care facility it is often a turbulent
time so they need community support more than ever. What we are attempting
to model at Mawson Lakes is a community development with overlapping
networks that are enhanced by new technologies. That will include social
and recreational networks and networks that give older people educational
support and training in new technologies designed to meet their needs.
is about providing people with opportunities and choices and one aspect of
that is to give them access to what are in essence a new set of
communication tools. New technologies are an addition not a replacement
for the important interpersonal networks they enhance.”
for the free seminar can me made by telephoning the Successful Ageing in
Australia hotline on 8302 0160.
contact: Michèle Nardelli (08) 8302 0966 or 041 8823673