3rd International SensAge Conference: 23 June 2014


3rd International SensAge Conference: 23 June 2014, King’s Manor, University of York, UK.

The theme for this, the 3rd Annual International SensAge Conference, was Promoting Active Participation by Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities. In the two previous Annual Conferences, themes had focused on the current state of knowledge in the field of Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities (2012), and on the Quality of Services and their Impact (2013).

In this news-item you will find the abstracts of the presentations at the conference, including the powerpoint presentations.

The Opening Keynote Speech, by Professor Helen Petrie of the University of York, explored the use of technology, and a number of speakers presented specific aspects, ranging from the necessity of good interior lighting to an example of a wide-ranging innovative eco-system.

The central role that technology has to play to enable greater independence and choice for the focus group was emphasised for people with hearing impairment, for those with visual impairment, for those with dual impairments and also for those who are deafblind.

This broad range of presentations can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

SensAge – www.sensage.eu – is a Network, and the Keynote Speech of the afternoon session was given by Ove Vedel Anderson of the Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues, with the intriguing title of “Go unto the Ant (and the Spider) and be Wise” – the Importance of Networking. And any Network should include the voice of the client group – Gordon Dryden of NCBI emphasised this in his presentation entitled Listening to Sensory Impaired Older People.

A key outcome of the SensAge Project, supported by the EC Lifelong Learning Programme, is the Knowledge Base, the reference point for everyone involved in the enablement and support of ageing peope with sensory disabilities. Created and developed by Royal Visio, the Conference was given an update about this, an update which took the form of a celebratio – SensAge has much to celebrate and, as the final session of the day highlighted, much to take forward and develop.

For further information, please visit www.sensage.eu or contact the Project Coordinator, John Harris.

Presentations at the conference, June 23 2014 (click at the weblinks):

– Conference Chair. Dr Bláithín Gallagher, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of York.

Introduction & Overview.

– Keynote speaker: Prof Helen Petrie Professor of Human Computer Interaction, University of York.

Using technology to promote active participation by older people.

-Ms Jeign Craig Vice President HIPEN.

A Perspective on Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities.

– Ms Stefana Cankova (EASPD).

Raising awareness on the topic of sensory impairments amongst elderly people. 


Visual Impairment Detection Program.

– Ms Marie Chantal WANET (INLB).

Development of a home-based eccentric viewing training program for clients with age-related macular degeneration through a researcher-clinician partnership.

-Keynote Speaker: Mr Ove Vedel Anderson Educational Consultant, Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues.

“Go unto the Ant (and the Spider) and be Wise”. The Importance of Networking.

– Ms Frouck De Boer, Royal Dutch Visio.

Good interior lighting facilitates the performance of daily activities (ADL) of the visually impaired in their homes.

– Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI.

Listening to Sensory Impaired Older People.

– Mr Jawad HAJJAM (France).
Léna, an open-innovation ecosystem.

Presentation projectmeeting, June 24 2014 (click at the weblink):

– Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI

Why SensAge?