Elderly person at home

Towards integrated and affordable health and social care at home for older people

ODESSA Project End of Award Conference

Friday 23 February 2018, 9.30am-4pm
Mercure St Paul’s Hotel & Spa, 119 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JE

ODESSA (Optimising care delivery models to support ageing-in-place) is a three-year, €1 million venture which has worked with people who are over the traditional retirement age to find new and innovative ways of adapting a person’s home so that they can live independently for longer and avoid residential care.

This final conference presents the findings of the project, featuring renowned speakers across ageing, housing and assisted living. Since it began in March 2015, ODESSA has explored the factors that impact the different ways in which older people in China, the UK and France experience care delivery.

Summary of sessionsDelegates at ODESSA 2018 conference


David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre UK
Anthea Tinker, Professor of Social Gerontology, King’s College London
Chris Nugent, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ulster University
Anne Laferrere, INSEE, University Paris Dauphine, ODESSA WP2 leader


Presentation of ODESSA findings, The ODESSA Team
Discussion Chaired by Professor Karim Hadjri, ODESSA Principal Investigator


Conference publication

Conference presentations

Anne Laferrère - What is the right place to age? Home, community and the family

David Sinclair - Will technology help us age better?

Prof Anthea Tinker - Ageing in place: Some lessons from recent research

Jeremy Porteus - A few words on Housing with Care

Conference videos

Keynote Speakers

David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre, UK

Will technology help us age better?

David has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 15 years. He has a strong knowledge of UK and global ageing society issues, from healthcare to pensions and from housing to transport. David has presented on longevity and demographic change across the world. In 2016 David won the Pensions-Net-Work Award for the most informative speaker 2006-2016. He is frequently quoted on ageing issues in the national media. David is a Chair of a London based charity, Open Age, which enables older people to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain active lifestyles and develop new and stimulating interests. He works as an “expert” for the pan-European Age Platform.

Professor Chris Nugent, BEng DPhil PgCUT MIET MIEEE FHEA

Healthcare technologies for home based care: past, present and future

Chris is the Head of the School of Computing and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Ulster University. His research addresses the themes of the development and evaluation of technologies to support ambient assisted living. This has involved research in the topics of mobile based reminding solutions, activity recognition and behaviour modelling and more recently technology adoption modelling. He has published extensively in these areas with papers spanning theoretical, clinical and biomedical engineering domains. His research projects have been funded by National, European and International funding bodies and he is the co-Principal Investigator of the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University.

Professor Anthea Tinker, CBE, PhD, FKC, FAcSS, FRSA

Ageing in place: Some lessons from recent research

Anthea Tinker has been Professor of Social Gerontology at King’s College London since 1988. She has been a Consultant to the WHO, EU and OECD. She was awarded the CBE in 2000 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Housing for Older People. Anthea was awarded the title of Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded the Alan Walker prize by the British Society of Gerontology for her significant and lasting contribution to Social Gerontology. Her research includes studies of long term care, housing, assistive technology, family care, older workers, community care, older women, very old people, grandparents, age friendly cities, elder abuse, social isolation, falls and accidents.

Contact the ODESSA Team

Twitter: @Odessa_Ageing
Email: odessaproject@sheffield.ac.uk

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