Netwell Centre a Centre of Excellence

PJ Carrolls Building

Population ageing is wrought with challenges, but it also offers many opportunities – at the Netwell Centre our multidisciplinary research and development activities are focused on developing more integrated community-oriented services, more sustainable home and neighbourhood design, and more age-friendly technologies.

By 2020, 25% of the EU’s population will be over 65, with spending on pensions, health and long-term careexpected to triple by 2050. However, older Europeans are also important consumers with a combined wealth of over €3,000 billion. Extending the opportunity for older people to age-in-place in a place of their choosing is a major policy alternative to long term care, thereby enabling older people to stay active, productive and engaged in society, and to enjoy a higher quality of life for longer. The essential business driver is the need for more ‘care’ in an environment of diminishing resources and rising costs.

Working closely with our business partners, members of the community, health services, local and national government, other academic establishments and ageing affiliated agencies, we are actively translating ideas into practical solutions that improve the lives of older people and those who care for them, whilst also creating new business opportunities and informing public policies. For more information on our partners click here.

The Netwell Centre was founded from within the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), the leading third level educational institution in the North East of Ireland and is supported by a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies. Through the on-going activities of the Netwell Centre, the team has established links with a global network of stakeholders, placing us at the forefront of understanding of ageing and age-friendliness.

Contact

Rodd Bond rodd.bond@netwellcentre.org

Our knowledge, insight and experience have enabled us to be highly influential in the development of collaborative stakeholder engagements, including: the Great Northern Haven development, Age Friendly County Initiative, and the establishment of Cultáca or service brokers who work independently and directly with older people.

More recently the establishment of an Applied Research Enhancement Centre (CASALA) aims to work with industry to achieve product innovation, business competitiveness, and market leadership in the emerging ambient assisted living (AAL) sector. For further information on our projects click here.

Our activities involve an array of disciplines including the social and behavioural sciences, health and medical sciences, computer science, engineering, design, marketing and business administration. We work across the three interrelated and mutually reinforcing strands of communities, environment and technologies. This is aligned with a home in the lab to lab in a home product and service development framework, including a campus-based gerontechnology lab through to a transition studio and 16 assisted living apartments. In addition, we have compiled a large and diverse testbed of matched groups for follow up surveys, interviews, trials and simulations. We are in a unique position of being able to provide our partners with a complete concept-to-trial, product and service development environment. For further information on available resources click here.

We are witnessing the emergence of a new “Silver Economy” and our in-depth understanding of this marketplace, combined with a commercial acumen allows us to offer valued consulting expertise, abilities to optimise your research and development functions, and/or license emerging products.

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