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Technology should 'not replace face-to-face support' for elderly

Technology should 'not replace face-to-face support' for elderly
6th May 2009

Despite the amount of technology which is being directed at helping older people out, it should never be seen as a replacement for face-to-face support, a charity has stated.

Age Concern's comments follow the unveiling of a new system by the University of Newcastle which allows Alzheimer's disease patients to find their way around supermarkets and their home with greater ease.

A spokesperson for the charity said that while it should never be seen as a replacement for such options as home care, elderly people should not be underestimated in what they can learn from new technology, adding that they only needed the right support and training.

The representative continued: "We would hope that any digital technology designed for older people is priced in a way that makes it accessible for the widest range of people."

Age Concern provides support and advice to everyone over the age of 50, making sure that essential services are readily available to those who need it most.

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