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Technology for Healthy Aging and Wellbeing: co-producing solutions

Astell, A. ORCID:, Andrews, J. A., Bennion, M. R. and Clayton, D. (2021) Technology for Healthy Aging and Wellbeing: co-producing solutions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078

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Methods to facilitate co-production in mental health are important for engaging end users. As part of the Technology for Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing (THAW) initiative we organized two interactive co-production workshops, to bring together older adults, health and social care professionals, non-governmental organizations, and researchers. In the first workshop we used two activities: Technology Interaction and Scavenger Hunt, to explore the potential for different stakeholders to discuss late life mental health and existing technology. In the second workshop we used Vignettes, Scavenger Hunt, and Invention Test to examine how older adults and other stakeholders might co-produce solutions to support mental wellbeing in later life using new and emerging technologies. In this paper we share the interactive materials and activities and consider their value for co-production. Overall, the interactive methods were successful in engaging stakeholders with a broad range of technologies to support mental health and wellbeing and in co-producing ideas for how they could be leveraged and incorporated into older people’s lives and support services. We offer this example of using interactive methods to facilitate co-production to encourage greater involvement of older adults and other under-represented groups in co-producing mental health technologies and services.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Ageing
ID Code:101237
Uncontrolled Keywords:co-production ageing well-being
Publisher:Frontiers Media


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