Positive Ageing Research Institute

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The Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI), formerly the Centre for Future Ageing Research (CFAR), is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary institute involving over 130 academics from across Anglia Ruskin University.

About PARI

Professor Patricia Schofield, Deputy Dean of Research and Income Generation (Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education), leads PARI as our Director, supported by Deputy Directors Dr Diane Keeble-Ramsay and Dr Leslie GellingThe institute brings together a multi-disciplinary team from: Health, Social Care & Education; Arts & Humanities; Science & Technology; Business; and Medical Science, representing diverse disciplines. Our common interests in ageing unite us and together with practitioners, local authorities, industry, and voluntary organisations we are developing existing projects and applying for further funding to support our research. 

To check out who PARI is and our expertise, see our Directory of experts.

Aims of PARI

PARI aims to support positive ageing and address ageing-related issues, including improving quality of life and fostering independent living. With our innovative technology-enabled health solutions we aim to support older people to manage their conditions that may result from the physical and biological processes of ageing. Through these innovations we aim to bring greater sustainability to technology-enabled health services, in order to create business opportunities and economic growth. 

Our shared vision of ageing is one that considers older people as valuable assets to society/community, employment, business, economy, culture/the arts and policy development and change. With this vision in mind we take our lead from older people, exploring their perceptions of what positive ageing is and what it means to them. We also emphasise our focus on the future ageing population recognising the changing needs of different generations and individuals. 

Watch our video to find out what older people feel about positively ageing and remaining socially engaged and active.

Objectives of PARI

To guide our aims PARI has adopted the concept of 'triple win' from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

The 'triple win' concept suggests the following:

  • improving the health and quality of life for older people.
  • innovating the model for health and social care towards greater sustainability and efficiency including involvement of communities and third sector organisations.
  • creating economic growth, employment and business opportunities.

We're looking to achieve these objectives by developing innovative technological, social and organisational solutions. These will enhance the efficiency of health and social care systems, and foster innovation and economic growth.

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Current PARI projects

PARI has a wide array of ongoing projects, reflecting the cross-faculty collaboration within our institute. The following are examples of the current projects we're engaged with. 

The Chronic Pain Management Chatbot Project

This interactive clinical expert can be accessed via tablet, PC or mobile. It engages older adults in a conversation about their chronic pain condition and suggests solutions to manage their pain based on algorithms. This technological innovation empowers older adults to manage their own condition and potentially reduces avoidable use of healthcare services. It further provides ‘real-time’ data to healthcare professionals about their patients (Stage 1: 2017, funded by SBRI) (Stage 2: 2018-onward, funding application made). 

Independence Project

This integrated tablet-based daily planner is for people with early onset dementia and their caregivers. INDEPENDENCE uses personal data to create an individualised tool enabling those with dementia to receive medication/meal reminders, access travel information and sensor updates (e.g, The front door is open). It also provides caregivers and healthcare providers to ‘check in’. The objective of INDEPENDENCE is to enable people with early onset dementia to maintain their independence for longer, reduce potential caregiver burden and postpone the need for healthcare/social services intervention (Stage 1: 2017, funded by Innovate UK) (Stage 2: 2018, funded by Essex County Council).

Seas2Grow

SEAS 2 Grow is a project funded under the Interreg 2 Seas programme. 

Led by Clubster Santé in Lille, SEAS 2 Grow comprises eight partners and five observer partners from the '2 seas', regions bordering the English Channel and the North Sea, including the Business School and Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Allia, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, and Essex County Council. Its overarching aim is to foster innovation in the silver economy in the 2 Seas programme area. The silver economy is that part of the economy that serves the needs of older people. A healthy silver economy has the potential to benefit quality of life, create  business opportunities, and ameliorate some of the challenges faced by health and social care systems. SEAS 2 Grow is focusing on products and services that support independent living at home for older adults over the age of 55.

The Seas2Grow project aims  to set up a proactive silver economy ecosystem to accelerate the provision of technological and social innovations for the 2 Seas silver economy market with an overall objective of meeting the needs of older adults. 

Thirteen innovative products have been selected so far by the SEAS 2 Grow Accelerator through two calls for projects, which are co-created and tested with panels of users to evaluate their usability in the right situation context and improve them depending on users’ feedbacks.

Get in touch

We are always looking to widen our collaborative network and are keen to share our developments and research. We also hold events and invite guest speakers to our monthly meetings.

If you would interested to learn more about PARI or be added to our mailing list to hear about all our updates, please get in touch.

Email us on postiveageingresearchinstitute@anglia.ac.uk
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