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Friday 20 July
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Smart and Assisted Living

We’re facing an ageing crisis. In the UK alone, 10 million people are over the age of 65. By 2050, this is predicted to have nearly doubled to around 19 million. As people live longer, they are more likely to develop long-term health conditions, disabilities or age-related difficulties that prevent them from living independently at home or within their local communities.

Assisted living technologies can help people live independently for longer, increasing their quality of life, reducing the burden on our health and social care services such as hospitals and formal care homes.

ARU has the relevant expertise and networks in place to help people in our society have a better quality of life.

That’s why we’ve created the role of Smart and Assisted Living Sector Lead.

The Smart and Assisted Living Sector Lead is tasked with bringing together SMEs and stakeholders from the health and social care arena to develop and carry out multi-disciplinary research projects that focuses on the use of technology in helping people manage their health-related conditions better and live an independent life in their own homes for longer.

“Did you know?
There are currently three million people aged 80 years and over and this is projected to almost double by 2030 and reach eight million by 2050.”

The work we do in this area is not only incredibly important to the region and the local communities in which we work, but is also making a difference to communities across the globe.

To date, we have a number of completed and live projects that fall within this sector. These include:

  • Chatbot (SBRI)
  • Seas2Grow
  • Independence

Many research disciplines are needed to deliver these projects. From nursing, physiotherapy and human geography, sociology and psychology to name but a few.

That’s why we need academics from different fields of expertise to get involved and tackle this key societal challenge.

If you’re an academic and want to find out more about how you can get involved, contact

Dr Gary Bellamy,
Smart and Assisted Living Sector Lead

Register your interest with the Smart and Assisted Living programme by emailing our Sector Strategy Officer, James Smith.