Providing Sustainable Healthcare for Older Persons in Challenging Economic Times
There is an increasingly ageing population throughout Europe. BBC-commissioned research suggests that half of the residents in some regions of the UK will be aged 50+ by 2029.
With this major demographic shift, how can we support the healthcare needs of a population that is living longer with a consequent increased incidence of diseases and conditions associated with ageing, but that also expects to maintain a high quality of life? In these times of economic restrain how can we afford this increased level of specialist care?
"We continue to be extremely concerned about the care of elderly patients in hospital. As a society, not just a health service, we should all look after our must vulnerable."
Patients Association, November 2010
BBC News 11 November 2010
"One of the major problems was a lack of access to expert elderly care doctors - over two thirds of patients were not reviewed by such specialists."
National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, BBC News 11 November 2010
Professor Pauline Banks
The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) recently appointed Dr Pauline Banks as its new Professor in Older Persons’ Health.
Dr Banks, who took up the post in September 2010, has over 15 years’ experience of working in the Scottish higher education sector in the area of older persons’ health and disability studies. Of her appointment, Professor Banks says “In my new post I hope to provide an important link between research and teaching in the field of older persons’ health with clinical colleagues in the NHS”.
At the Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population Conference, Professor Banks will explore the demographic, social, ethical and economic issues underlying the challenge of providing care for the elderly with a particular focus on population projections and the implications for the sustainability of older persons care during times of economic stringency.
Full Speaker List
- Richard Moore: Chair
- Professor Rutledge Ellis-Behnke: "Advanced Medical Technologies for an Ageing Population"
- Professor Alain Franco
- Professor Louise Robinson: "Technologies to Promote Independence for People with Dementia"
- Professor Ilmari Pyykko: "Restoring Hearing and Balance in the Elderly - A Challenge for Nanotechnology"
- Dr Herman Lenting: "Decubitus Prevention and Accelerated Wound Healing"
- Dr Matt Dalby: "Nanobiomimetic Surfaces for Mesenchymal Stem Cells"
- Dr Cait MacPhee: "Protein Aggregation and Degenerative Diseases of the Elderly"
- Professor David Allsop: "AB Oligomers - A Potential Biomarker for the Diagnosis and Progression of Alzheimer's Disease, and a Target for Therapeutic Intervention"
- Dr Eileen McBride: "Periocular and intraocular drug delivery for opthalmic diseases of the elderly"
- Dr Margarethe Hofmann: "Nanotechnologies for the Early Diagnosis of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis"
- Scottish Health Innovations Ltd: "Developing and protecting new innovations for use in the NHS"
- Professor June Andrews: "Why Dementia Demands Technological Solutions"
- Janette Hughes: "The landscape for SMEs developing assistive technologies for the elderly"
- Dr Malcolm Fisk: "Telehealth Service Developments in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities"
- Melanie Turieo: "User-friendly Connected Healthcare Technologies for an Older Population"
- Professor Dermot Diamond: "Remote Sensing and the Aging Population - Emerging Opportunities and Associated Pitfalls"
- Alasdair MacDonald
- Dr Donald Bruce: "Help the Aged or a Nano-Elixir of Life? Ethical Reflections on Technologies for Ageing Populations"
- Alastair Kent: "Technology Needs for an Ageing Population from the Patient's Perspective"
- Jackie Marshall-Cyrus: "Designing technologies to suit the needs of individual elderly persons"
- Professor Pauline Banks: "Providing Sustainable Healthcare for Older Persons in Challenging Economic Times"
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