Healthy ageing innovation centre launched

Elderly care in north-east London is to benefit from the launch of Care City, a healthy ageing innovation centre in Barking.

Established by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the venture aims to deliver improvements in healthy ageing and act as a catalyst for regenerating one of London’s most deprived communities.

Care City, an NHS innovation ‘test bed’, brings together health and social care professionals with researchers, education providers, technology experts, small and medium companies and social entrepreneurs to look at innovative ways of delivering care in the community.

The venture will explore a range of novel approaches to care, including an online tool for those with dementia; a social network app which offers peer-to-peer support online, with guidance from credible organisations and institutions; and a device which assesses falls risk and mobility.

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