claire  Dr. Claire Craig

Talk: Meaningful making: enabling people to make sense of dementia

Claire Craig is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Sheffield Hallam University and is Co-Director of Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research group which brings together designers, health care practitioners, engineers, psychologists with the aim of designing products, services and environments to improve the quality of life and well-being for individuals.

Her research and practice focuses particularly on the role of the arts and creative practice in offering individuals living with dementia and their families an outlet for self-expression and a valued meaningful activity. She has written about this quite widely and her published books include: Creativity and Communication for people with dementia, Meaningful making, Celebrating the person and Creative Environments.

She lives in Yorkshire with her husband Neil and Jilly the dog where she enjoys a variety of activities including walking, reading and photography.

mike Dr. Michael Craven

Talk: Technology and Dementia

Michael Craven is senior research fellow at the University of Nottingham in the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative, specialising in technology design and evaluation in healthcare and currently focussed on mental health and dementia. The previous 10 years he worked in the UK-wide medical devices research programme MATCH.

Current projects in MindTech include: App design for self-monitoring in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Gamification of ADHD applications; Evaluation of websites and Apps for mental health and well-being co-produced by young people; Design of aspiration-led technology packages for older people with dementia and carers.

Michael has 20+ years experience spanning healthcare, electronic engineering, computer science, health economics & 5 years in teaching & learning. Other research interests include: surgical simulation; mobile computing applications; collaborative virtual environments; assistive & augmentative communication technologies; microelectronic circuit design.

He obtained a PhD (1994) and MSc (Modern Electronics, 1989) from the University of Nottingham and BSc (Physics, 1987) from the University of Bristol.

stephen Dr. Stephen Lindsay

Talk: Getting it Exactly Wrong: What Past Technology Tells us About Design for People with Dementia

Stephen Lindsay is a lecturer in Swansea University’s Future Interaction Technologies and holds degrees in Computer Science (BSc, 2006), Middleware Design (MSc, 2007) and a PhD on the topic of participatory design with older adults and people living with dementia.

Through his work on participatory design he has developed a research interest in the underlying nature of power relationships and politics embedded in design and the importance of understanding the experiences of the users of technology. He has worked to improve the user experience of several different digital systems using various user experience design techniques with diverse populations of end users.

andrew Prof. Andrew Monk

Talk: Commercially available technology for dementia and what it tells us about what people want

Andrew Monk is a psychologist with 30 years experience of working with researchers in computer science and electronics to find ways of making technology serve real social and personal needs. Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of York and Visiting Professor in Informatics, Newcastle University.

He was founding director of the Centre for Usable Technology (CUHTec) which has a membership of Local Authorities and NHS trusts. CUHTec runs courses and experience-sharing events for caring professionals and technology for dementia features in many of these events.

dave  Dave Stevens

Talk: Living with Dementia

Dave Stevens (FCA, Director of Finance)  has over 25 years’ experience in commercial industry, consultancy and public sector development projects.

Since 2003, Dave has been involved in science-based regional economic development in the north east, including working with Codeworks, CELS, Newcastle Science City and regional universities.

Dave developed an interest in dementia and technology during his time with Codeworks and CELS. After joining Dementia Care as a Trustee in 2013, he became full-time Director of Finance in 2014. Dave is currently the project manager on a new project funded by Comic Relief, looking at the role of assistive technology in supporting people in the early stages of dementia.

Dementia Care is a leading dementia care specialist charity based in Newcastle. It provides 24-hour support in people’s homes, respite care and day club at their purpose built dementia friendly centre in Brunswick Village. As an alternative to residential care it also has independent homes, where small groups of people live together, supported by their highly experienced and trained staff. Their services are designed to help people with dementia and their families remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, and to help make their day to day lives easier.