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Elisa Cardamone

United Kingdom

PhD-student at the Advanced Care Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

Elisa has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Manchester and an MSc (Hons) in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she focused on implanted devices, new sensory experiences, and the body’s somatechnical construction. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Advanced Care Research Centre of the University of Edinburgh, exploring older adults’ changing relationship with their bodies and their lived experience of digital device interventions. Through an expanded empathy framework for intergenerational inclusive design and codesign, her study also aims to inform decision-making practices amongst design development teams to devise a technology that promotes self-care and independence.

With age, the health and social needs of older adults become more complex. Multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more chronic diseases, occurs in more than half of adults over 65 years of age. At the same time, there is less availability of informal caregivers due to a narrower base in the population pyramid, the increasing number of women who have started working and the greater geographical distance between parent(s) and child(ren). The demand for health services and other forms of support (cleaning help, hot meals, etc.) is therefore increasing.

A healthy public debate about important societal challenges requires a common and scientifically sound basis.

Bart Pattyn

Co-Chair LIAS and member Board LIAS Foundation