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The Link-ages Communication Platform was designed by understanding the needs of older and vulnerable people

The articles on this page represent some the thinking that has gone into the development of the Link-ages Platform. Link-ages was developed based on the team's experiences of communicating with their own families, working with and talking to older and vulnerable people, and research into loneliness, social isolation and digital exclusion.

Is Access to Services Facilitated by Technology?

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a massive increase in the development and uptake of digital services across many sectors. There are many potential advantages to having digital access that will benefit users during and after the pandemic, but can all users benefit equally or is there a risk of a widening digital divide?
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Changing Attitudes to Digital Communication?

This article will look at how the use of communication technology has changed during the pandemic and whether older people are benefitting from digital communication
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Digital Inclusion

There are an estimated 4.8 million people in the UK who never go online at all. In some cases this will be a choice, but in many cases this will be because of a lack of digital skills or issues with access
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Loneliness and Technology - Cause or Solution?

The relationship between loneliness and technology is complicated. Arguments have been made that technology is both the cause of, and the answer to loneliness
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Working Together To Support Older Adults

Creating new solutions and ideas that help improve wellbeing in older adults is important. Ensuring vulnerable people have access to the care they need is essential. But there have also been numerous articles written about the need to enable older adults to remain independent for longer
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Living Well With Dementia

Being diagnosed with dementia can be very daunting, but it does not mean that you cannot continue to lead a fulfilling life. Maintaining as much independence as possible and continuing with the activities you enjoy are important to preserving your overall wellbeing and a positive mindset, which are important aspects of living well with dementia.
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How To Cope With Loneliness

Loneliness is an ever-increasing problem, regularly raised by charities like the Campaign to End Loneliness. The NHS has talked extensively about the impact it has on health and wellbeing, and the fact that loneliness can affect anyone of any age.
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Connecting Older People And Their Families With Link-ages

Encouraging older people to take their first steps into the digital world can be challenging. We wanted to understand if by providing a simple, safe and secure platform where all generations of a family could communicate without undue concern for their online security and privacy, we could make this process easier.
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Our Apps Can Connect Your Family

Our apps have been developed with inexperienced users in mind, including those with dementia or special educational needs. We are passionate about providing a simple, safe and secure platform where all generations of a family can communicate without undue concern for their online security and privacy.
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The History Of Social Media

Social media has become such an entrenched part of our everyday lives that it is easy to take for granted how recent an invention it is. Social media was in its infancy in the late 1990s and came to fruition in the early 2000s. The first notable social media network, “Six Degrees” was founded in 1997
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The BBC Reminiscences Archive

The newly established BBC Reminiscence Archive aims to improve lives and stimulate memories for dementia patients using a simple interface that allows easy access to a wide range of BBC archive footage, music and photos.
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How Can Link-ages Benefit You And Your Residents?

Delivering great care relies on understanding not only the physical requirements of residents and patients, but also their mental health and emotional needs. Understanding the wishes of residents is key to providing high quality and responsive care. In this article, we explore the question: how can Link-ages benefit you and your residents?
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