A new approach to aged care: pseudo-suburbs, robotics and purposeful activity

Publication Title
The Guardian
Publication/Creation Date
September 23 2018
Caroline Baum (contributor)
Mike Rungie (contributor)
Alison Jones (contributor)
David Panter (contributor)
Natasha Chadwick (contributor)
Tamar Krebs (contributor)
Melissa Simpson (contributor)
Global Centre For Modern Ageing (contributor)
University Of Wollongong (contributor)
Elderly Citizens Homes (ECH) (contributor)
University Of Adelaide (contributor)
NewDirection Care (contributor)
Group Homes Australia (contributor)
Feros Care (contributor)
Lamson Group (contributor)
Silver Chain (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
“I’d rather die.”

For many – particularly in light of the horror stories that have led to a royal commission – that’s the common reaction to any suggestion about going into aged care. But is there a new approach to this stage of life that offers alternatives and possibly even something to look forward to? Maybe. As the baby boomers edge towards their use-by date, they are showing no signs of going quietly or tolerating the conditions their parents put up with.

“The old narrative around the elderly from individuals and service providers has been one of low expectations, boredom and making the best of it. The new narrative is about purposeful activity.”

This article explores alternative models for aged care in Europe and Australia, including Dementia Villages, inter-generational alternative communities or "micro towns", smart homes, and non-invasive virtual healthcare.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body, Not On The Body