We have worked with a wide cross section of organisations within the independent living and Assistive Technology fields. We have also worked with several academic partners and are currently involved in a number of future-focussed industry/academic research projects.

‘SALT’ study, Newcastle University

We are partners in the SALT study (Sustainable business models for Assistive Living Technologies and services) by Newcastle University.

This three year research programme has been set up in recognition of the need to stimulate and develop the ALT market. It aims to design scalable assistive technologies and services for independent healthy living.

It is a multi-disciplinary study that brings together researchers, health and social care practitioners, businesses, government agencies, third sector organisations and user groups. It will develop innovative and workable solutions and design business models to promote sustainable market development for independent living.

There are seven different streams of work:

  • New Business Models and New Market Development
  • Co-construction of Shared Visions and Solutions
  • Economic Modelling
  • User Uptake
  • User-centred Design
  • Synthesis and Theory Development
  • Engagement and Dissemination

These themes of activity will enable the team to gain understanding of the factors that promote or inhibit the uptake, use and integration of assistive technologies for older people living in the community from their perspective.

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‘SALT’ study, Newcastle University

We are partners in the SALT study (Sustainable business models for Assistive Living Technologies and services) by Newcastle University.

This three year research programme has been set up in recognition of the need to stimulate and develop the ALT market. It aims to design scalable assistive technologies and services for independent healthy living.

It is a multi-disciplinary study that brings together researchers, health and social care practitioners, businesses, government agencies, third sector organisations and user groups. It will develop innovative and workable solutions and design business models to promote sustainable market development for independent living.

There are seven different streams of work:

  • New Business Models and New Market Development
  • Co-construction of Shared Visions and Solutions
  • Economic Modelling
  • User Uptake
  • User-centred Design
  • Synthesis and Theory Development
  • Engagement and Dissemination

These themes of activity will enable the team to gain understanding of the factors that promote or inhibit the uptake, use and integration of assistive technologies for older people living in the community from their perspective.

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‘SALT’ study, Newcastle University

‘COMODAL’ Study, Coventry University

Years Ahead is pleased to be part of the COMODAL (Consumer MODels for Assisted Living) study, now in its final year.

It is led by the Health Design & Technology Institute (HDTI) at Coventry University which has secured funding from the Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Innovation Platform to support the development of a consumer market for electronic Assisted Living Technologies (eALTs) for people between 50 and 70 years. The project runs from April 2011 to March 2014. Project partners are Coventry University, Age UK, and Grandparents Plus, with Years Ahead and the South East Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA) acting as subcontractors.

Our contribution to the study to date includes extensive consumer and industry research, market analysis and a review of emerging technologies.

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‘COMODAL’ Study, Coventry University

Years Ahead is pleased to be part of the COMODAL (Consumer MODels for Assisted Living) study, now in its final year.

It is led by the Health Design & Technology Institute (HDTI) at Coventry University which has secured funding from the Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Innovation Platform to support the development of a consumer market for electronic Assisted Living Technologies (eALTs) for people between 50 and 70 years. The project runs from April 2011 to March 2014. Project partners are Coventry University, Age UK, and Grandparents Plus, with Years Ahead and the South East Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA) acting as subcontractors.

Our contribution to the study to date includes extensive consumer and industry research, market analysis and a review of emerging technologies.

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‘COMODAL’ Study, Coventry University

N8 Industry Innovation Forum Extending Working Lives

Dr Kate M Bennett, Project Leader and Reader in Health Psychology, University of Liverpool

How are Employers and Employees responding to the external drivers to extend working life?

We are pleased to be involved in ‘Extending Working Lives’ which is a cross-disciplinary and multi-partner collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Newcastle and representatives from industry. Our shared objective is to support the increase in workforce participation of the older adult.

To achieve an increase in workforce participation, employers will need to engage with issues of illness and disability and introduce a flexible culture of employment which includes the greater use and adoption of assistive technology solutions in the workplace. ‘Extending Working lives’ will focus on impediments and propose solutions. An underlying assumption of the government’s strategy is that an extension of the working life will enhance well-being. A second aim of the project is to test this assumption by identifying drivers and impediments, especially in relation to chronic illness and disability.

The consortium of research organisations will develop a proposal for a large scale research project to investigate the implications of an ageing workforce in more depth and across a wider range of employers nationally and internationally.

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N8 Industry Innovation Forum Extending Working Lives

Dr Kate M Bennett, Project Leader and Reader in Health Psychology, University of Liverpool

How are Employers and Employees responding to the external drivers to extend working life?

We are pleased to be involved in ‘Extending Working Lives’ which is a cross-disciplinary and multi-partner collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Newcastle and representatives from industry. Our shared objective is to support the increase in workforce participation of the older adult.

To achieve an increase in workforce participation, employers will need to engage with issues of illness and disability and introduce a flexible culture of employment which includes the greater use and adoption of assistive technology solutions in the workplace. ‘Extending Working lives’ will focus on impediments and propose solutions. An underlying assumption of the government’s strategy is that an extension of the working life will enhance well-being. A second aim of the project is to test this assumption by identifying drivers and impediments, especially in relation to chronic illness and disability.

The consortium of research organisations will develop a proposal for a large scale research project to investigate the implications of an ageing workforce in more depth and across a wider range of employers nationally and internationally.

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N8 Industry Innovation Forum Extending Working Lives