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Older residents in East Sussex go digital in wellbeing tech trial

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17 June 2024

A pilot project has been launched in East Sussex looking at how digital technology can help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of older residents.

'The Living Lab' introduces new innovative technology into real life communities and was launched earlier in June at a sheltered housing facility in Peacehaven via the installation of an interactive digital games table in the residents’ lounge.

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Through interactive light projections, residents can experience physical, social, and cognitive activities at the 'Magic Table'. There are also virtual reality headsets, offeringvirtual day trips and experiences.

The hope is that it will provide talking points and interaction between clients and carers.

"We are delighted to launch this innovative Living Lab project, and hope our residents enjoy experimenting with the technology on offer," said Mark Stainton, director of adult social care and health at East Sussex County Council.

"The feedback gathered from the pilot scheme will enable us and our partners at the University of Brighton and NHS Sussex to learn how internet-connected devices could help improve the health of older people living locally as well as see first-hand the positive impact this technology can have on their quality of life."

People can also opt to have heat sensor fall monitors installed in their apartments or try a sport Smartwatch to monitor their health.

The one-year pilot project is a partnership with the county council’s adult social care and health team, NHS Sussex, and the University of Brighton.

Over the next 12 months, the university of Brighton will evaluate the digital health benefits of the pilot scheme for the county council and the findings will help shape the authority’s adult social care services as well as inform local public health commissioning decisions.


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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