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ASTECH project goes full steam ahead
Tuesday, 05 February 2013

ASTECH arose out of a programme called AdvantageNewcastle, which was run by BusinessLab, on behalf of Newcastle City Council in 2012.

It was one of three projects to come out of AdvantageNewcastle, which aimed to identify visionary step change projects for the region with a focus on ageing.

AdvantageNewcastle included stakeholders from the city's public, private and third sectors who set out to develop a new generation of opportunities for local businesses and attract a new wave of international investment.

ASTECH (Assistive Strategies and Technologies for Care and Health), which was originally called 'Care Innovation', aims to create a citywide, strategic framework to support flagship assisted living projects in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East, led by the Newcastle City Council, the Health Innovation and Education Cluster and facilitated by BusinessLab.

Comprised of stakeholders from the health and care sectors, ASTECH aims to investigate a new service delivery model, which joins up home support, residential care and intensive support in hospitals.

Some of the key stakeholders include Newcastle City Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and North East Health Innovation and Education Cluster.

Importantly, this project draws insight from corporate partners who’s interest lie in developing a scalable model for ageing markets world-wide.

This initiative coincides with the fact that Newcastle has been chosen to become one of 10 UK Super-Connected Cities with ultrafast fixed broadband access, and large areas of public wireless connectivity. These cities will share £100 million to help deliver ambitious plans to use super-connected status to drive growth, attract new businesses and transform the way services are provided and accessed.

 
ActiveAge to talk at China Conference
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

ActiveAge has been asked to speak at the International Association of Homes and Services for Ageing (IAHSA) 10th International Conference in China.

The conference takes place on November 17th-20th 2013 and will focus on the theme 'Connecting our Global Community'. It will showcase some of the most diverse programmes from around the world focusing on the provision of care and services for older adults.

Gregor Rae will talk at the plenary session on Nov 19th on 'Working together to create Age-Friendly Communities'.

For more information on the conference follow this link.

 
ActiveAge Summit 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012

On October 17th 2012, BusinessLab hosted ActiveAge’s 4th annual Summit at Newcastle Civic Centre.

As part of the ActiveAge programme, BusinessLab run an annual conference to update partners on work done over the previous year and to showcase speakers who are at the forefront of their professions and the cutting edge of international thinking on the impact of an ageing society.

This year’s Summit, ‘ A Global Reportcard on Ageing’, looked at the challenges to government, business and society, which are being created by ageing on an international scale. To this end, we were pleased to welcome our friends and colleagues from overseas - Dr Michael Hodin, from the Global Coalition on Aging in New York, Lynette Ladenburgh, of LeadingAge in Washington State, Jack York of It’s Never 2 Late in Colorado, Dr. Catrina Funk of MultiCare Health Systems, Dr Jane Barratt of the International Federation on Ageing in Canada and Dr. Joseph Coughlin of the MIT Age Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From closer to home, the day also brought the insights of John Crawford, Head of Healthcare in Europe for IBM, Colin Williams, Director of Transformation at Newcastle City Council and the world-renowned Professor Tom Kirkwood, of Newcastle University.

The ActiveAge partner organisations also led interactive workshops on the day. These aimed to examine how cities around the world could benefit from ageing by adapting new economic and care models. Three simultaneous workshops were run by, Newcastle City Council, the HIEC North East, Newcastle Science City and Newcastle University.

On behalf of the ActiveAge team we would like to extend our sincere thanks to delegates, speakers and The ActiveAge partners, for making this year’s Summit a success.

 

 

 
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