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Digital technology has transformed the way we live, work, play and interact with each other. However, people over the age of 65+ have faced challenges adopting these technologies.

A team of academics from the School of Management at Swansea University, a neuro-scientist and aging specialist from the University's Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences (FMLS), and a local technology company are working together to better understand these challenges and how they can make digital devices more accessible and user-friendly for older generations. 

Following the success our recent Innovate UK Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (M-KTP), a two-year project with £143,000 in funding. The multidisciplinary project will be conducted in collaboration with the Awen Institute. The aim of this study is to further our understanding of how digital technology is used by elderly individuals and those living with age-related diseases. The team of researchers from various fields will bring unique perspectives and insights to the study, which will enhance the quality of research into this important topic.

The number of elderly people is growing rapidly. It's great that technology can help them stay connected with loved ones, access important information and services, and maintain their independence. However, many elderly people struggle to use technology, and it can be challenging for them to learn new skills and adapt to new devices. The study will help us understand why this is the case and what can be done to support them.

The researchers will use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to gather data and insights. They will work with the Awen Institute and local technology SMEs to develop new technologies and tools that are accessible and user-friendly for elderly individuals. The results of the study will be used to inform the development of new policies and programs that support the adoption of digital technologies by the aging population.

The collaboration between the School of Management, FMLS, local technology SME, and the Awen Institute is a significant step forward in the study of digital technology adoption among the elderly population. The results of the study will have far-reaching implications for the design and development of new technologies and the delivery of support and training services. This exciting project will make a valuable contribution to the field of aging and technology, and help to improve the lives of elderly individuals.

In conclusion, the collaboration is a forward-thinking initiative that will help us to better understand the challenges faced by elderly individuals when using technology and inform the development of new solutions that support their needs.

This exciting research project is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to the results with great interest.

Researchers: Dr Dan Rees, Dr Harry Bell, Mr Edward Miller, Dr Jeff Davies, Prof Nick Rich and Prof Gareth Davies.
Corporate Partner: CPR Global Tech ltd

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