Conference to discuss ageing population

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Health professionals and researchers will meet in Sheffield next month to look at how to address the challenges of a rising ageing population.

The Design 4 Health exhibition and conference has been organised by Sheffield Hallam University to show off and discuss a host of current research projects, at the same time as showcasing contributions from the university’s own Design Futures team.

Among the exhibits will be the Hanky Pancreas, a fashionable way to disguise a diabetic’s insulin pump, and ‘distraction blankets’ which aim to help patients beat the boredom by printing fun games on their bedsheets.

They will all be displayed at the Sheffield Institute of Arts in the university’s Furnival Building in Arundel Street from July 11 to July 15

The accompanying conference, which runs from July 13 to 15 at the university’s Pennine Theatre, will feature research and submissions from as far afield as New Zealand.

Dr Alaster Yoxall, one of the event organisers, said: “This conference and exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between design, health and wellbeing.

“Good design can deliver widespread benefits to society but how can design practice and processes meet the challenges of health and wellbeing in the 21st century.’’