UK-Brazil SPRINT network on assistive media for health and wellbeing in ageing
This project is a collaborative research activity and network between the University of Surrey, University of Sao Paulo (USP) and Federal University of Sao Carlos UFSCAR). It is exploring the therapeutic nature of what we call 'assistive media', for enhancing mental health and wellbeing in older people, including those who are socially isolated or suffering from dementia.
We adopt an ‘assistive media’ perspective, combining insights from multiple research strands across these three universities, exploring the therapeutic uses of digital media content for self-expression, stimulating memories and conversation, and changing emotions.
This is a collaborative interdisciplinary research network funded by FAPESP and University of Surrey jointly. The USP and UFSCar team complements research at Surrey in terms of expertise in Computer Science, Gerontology, and wellbeing. The Surrey team expertise is healthcare, digital storytelling and interaction design. The network originated from the sabbatical work of Professor Paula Castro at Digital World Research Centre on Mobile technology for older people. It has already led to two pieces of collaborative work on the Time Matters project, and the Media Parcels project.
The ongoing network is led by Professor David Frohlich at the University of Surrey, Professor Maria Graca Pimentel at the USP, and Professor Paula Castro at UFSCAR. It was initially funded by the University of Surrey and FAPESP to a joint value of £16,000, and ran from 1 February 2017 for 24 months. Additional investigators include Dr Theti Chrysanthaki at Surrey and Dr Isabela Zaine at USP.