Settlement in the Digital Age: Digital inclusion and newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds – Centre for Multicultural Youth

In 2016 the first Australian Digital Inclusion Index was released, recognising the enormous role access to and engagement with digital technology and the internet plays in facilitating the economic and social inclusion of Australians in economic, social, cultural and civic life. The index reveals that while digital inclusion is improving, it is uneven and many … [Read More] Settlement in the Digital Age: Digital inclusion and newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds – Centre for Multicultural Youth

Vulnerability of Displacement: Challenges for integrating refugees and asylum seekers in host communities – QUT

ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the issues refugees and asylum seekers face in their daily lives in Australia. We present findings from a field study that included a mix of fourteen participants involving refugees, asylum seekers, activists and community workers, who participated in a cultural probes inspired and semi-structured interview studies. The probes approach was … [Read More] Vulnerability of Displacement: Challenges for integrating refugees and asylum seekers in host communities – QUT

Smartphones and people with disabilities: the power and the promise – Gov.UK Disability Blog

Extract from an article by Robin Christopherson Robin Christopherson MBE is Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, a UK charity that helps older people and disabled people of all ages use computers and the internet. Here he shares his experience of how advances in technology have improved his daily life…. Smartphones – working extra hard for … [Read More] Smartphones and people with disabilities: the power and the promise – Gov.UK Disability Blog

Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

Extract form an article by Wendy Williams Since 2012, Saver Plus has seen a marked rise in participants using their savings on technology, rather than school books, with more than half now spending on digital devices such as a laptops or tablets. In the five years from 2012 to 2016 the number of claims for digital … [Read More] Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

Older Adults & Learning – A selection of articles

A selection of articles from a vaierty of sources: Ageing, loss, and learning: Hong Kong and Australian seniors / Gillian M. Boulton-Lewis — Educational Gerontology — In this article, the discussion of loss and its relationship to learning is based on the analysis of interview data from 39 older adults in Hong Kong and 40 in Australia. The focus of the … [Read More] Older Adults & Learning – A selection of articles

CENTRELINK: In the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the current week  12 January 2017 Centrelink cuts hurting the neediest — Hobart Mercury — It appears it will be some time before anyone from Centrelink or the Turnbull Government admits it, but Centrelink’s effort to recover “debt” from tens of thousands of welfare recipients … [Read More] CENTRELINK: In the News

Strategies for Enhancing Success in Digital Tablet use by Older Adults: A pilot study – Gerontechnology 

ABSTRACT Purpose: Building on recent digital literacy initiatives, three strategies were identified for exploration, relating to successful use of digital tablets by older adults who lacked previous experience. The questions under investigation were: What are the implications of one-to-one support for self-efficacy and promoting attendance at digital literacy sessions? Could free tablets assist in overcoming economic … [Read More] Strategies for Enhancing Success in Digital Tablet use by Older Adults: A pilot study – Gerontechnology 

Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

From digital assistants to ‘smart’ medicine bottles, a new wave of connected devices could help people live independently for longer Extract from an article by Nicola Davis Smart bottles that dispense the correct dose of medication at the correct time, digital assistants, and chairs that know how long you’ve sat in them are among the … [Read More] Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

Assistive Technologies at Home for People with a Memory Disorder – Dementia

ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to assess in practice whether assistive technologies support and facilitate the work of a family caregiver or care staff, and whether these technologies support the independence of a person with a memory disorder. A comprehensive set of supportive devices and alarm systems were experimentally tested in the care … [Read More] Assistive Technologies at Home for People with a Memory Disorder – Dementia

People’s Attitudes to Robots in Caring for the Elderly – International Journal of Social Robotics

ABSTRACT We analyse people’s attitudes to robots to be used in caring for the elderly using Eurobarometer data relating to November/December 2014 on approximately 1000 people in each EU country. Given the constraints on public expenditure this is one solution to meeting increased obligations in this area. People tend to be lukewarm to robotic care … [Read More] People’s Attitudes to Robots in Caring for the Elderly – International Journal of Social Robotics

Social Housing and Broadband – ACCAN

SUMMARY ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest income brackets. Residents of social … [Read More] Social Housing and Broadband – ACCAN

Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – American Journal of Psychiatry

ABSTRACT Objective: Previous meta-analyses indicate that computerized cognitive training (CCT) is a safe and efficacious intervention for cognition in older adults. However, efficacy varies across populations and cognitive domains, and little is known about the efficacy of CCT in people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Method: The authors searched Medline, Embase, PsychINFO, CINAHL, and CENTRAL through … [Read More] Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – American Journal of Psychiatry

Telecommunications affordability report shows those on low incomes missing out – ACCAN & SACOSS

Media Release A major report into telecommunications affordability today launched jointly by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) highlights concerns about low-income consumers in staying connected to telecommunications services. The report, Connectivity Costs: Telecommunications Affordability for Low-Income Australians, which was based on a survey of … [Read More] Telecommunications affordability report shows those on low incomes missing out – ACCAN & SACOSS

Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? – J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

ABSTRACT Objectives: To examine how information and communication technology (ICT) access and use are conceptually incorporated in the Successful Aging 2.0 framework. Method: Using data from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study (N = 6,476), we examined how ICT access and use for different purposes are associated with social engagement (i.e., informal and … [Read More] Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? – J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Objectives: Older adults often prioritize socially meaningful goals over informational goals. Thus, we predicted that using information and communication technology (ICT) in service of socially meaningful versus informational goals relates to higher well-being among the oldest-old. Method: We surveyed 445 adults aged 80+ (mean = 84, range = 80–93; 64% female; 26% non-White) online … [Read More] Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

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