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Seminar on "Mobile Apps and the Informal Caregiving of Elders in Singapore"
posted by Sau Po Centre on Ageing for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Social Development & Welfare

Event Details

About the Speaker:

Dr. Leng Leng Thang is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests on ageing, intergenerational approaches and relationships, gender and family. She publishes widely in her areas of expertise with a focus on Asia, especially Japan and Singapore. Her most recent research topics include family caregiving, migration and care, and intergenerational contact zone. Dr. Thang is associate professor and head of the Department of Japanese Studies, also deputy director of the Centre for Family and Population Research, National University of Singapore. She is also active in community services as president of Fei Yue Family Service Centre, board member of Centre for Seniors, and council member of Families for Life Council under the Ministry of Social and Family Development.


In the recent years, technological intervention and new media has become a buzzword in the promise of better eldercare and quality of life. In Singapore, the smart nation plan has further promoted the use of technology for eldercare. Hence, in conceptualizing a project focusing on informal caregiving of elders with a solution-based approach, a pilot of mobile application was included to explore new ways in supporting and caring for frail elders at home. The qualitative study of in-depth interviews conducted with 30 caregivers of dependent elderly living at home was carried out in collaboration with the Home Nursing Foundation. Contrary to expectation, take-up rate of the pilot project was very low, and majority of the caregivers interviewed had little interest with having an app to assist in their daily caregiving. What can we learn from the failure at attracting participation in the pilot use of a caregiver app? Besides a discussion on why there is a lack of interest among the caregivers, the presentation also hopes to prompt reflections on its implications, and the extent in which ICT can help in caregiving networking and the facilitation of care.

All are welcome.

<<This is the 20th Anniversary Research Seminar Series of Sau Po Centre on Ageing>>

Date/Time23/08/2018 16:00-17:30
VenueCPD-G.02, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 06/08/2018 15:30(HKT) to 23/08/2018 16:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 40. Registrants will be placed on a waiting list if the registration quota is reached.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

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