'Linking Rural Older People to Technology'
About the Project:
The 'Linking Rural Older People to Community through Technology' project was a three year, five phase project, which included two pilot projects that utilised new technologies, Laptops and iPads™ to strengthen community connections for older people ageing in place in the rural Murray Land regions of South Australia and to explore areas to streamline service delivery for Service Providers in the aged care sector.
With a focus on community-based care and in-home service provision, combined with an older population that chooses to age-in-place allows older people to sustain autonomy and independence. However, this may also mean they are at risk of social isolation and diminished quality of life through lack of connectedness to local community, family, friends and services. Many older rural people today want to remain actively and productively engaged with their community regardless of where they choose to live.
New technologies offer the potential of increasing connectedness for older rural people. In order to dispel the myths that older people are disengaged from the wider world and unable to embrace new technologies we need to understand their needs, preferences for learning and using new technologies and then incorporate these into daily life and rural service provision.
To undertake the research work on this project Murray Mallee Aged Care Group engaged the services of specialist researchers – Dr. Helen Feist, Dr. Kelly Parker & Beth Keough from The Australian Population and Migration Research Centre of the University of Adelaide. MMACG acknowledges Project Manager Bernadette Boag along with the support and assistance given throughout this project by the MMACG Board of Management, CEO - Kay Cox, Finance Manager - Wendy Bartlett, Administrative Assistant - Jasoda Devi, other co-workers and of course all the wonderful community members who have taken part in this project. This project over the period of 3 years very rewarding.
The findings and resources from the project are available on this website and for further information please email or contact Murray Mallee Aged Care Group.
Contact: Murray Mallee Aged Care Group
2a Myall Avenue, (PO Box 1315)
Murray Bridge SA 5253
Phone:- 08 8532 2255
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing