ENLIGHTEN: homEbouNd peopLe agInG witH TEchNology: Holding the suspension bridge of ongoing high-quality care

Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza, Hila Dafny, Michael Lawless, Penelope McMillan, Ricky Buchanan, Zuli Leon, Alline Beleigoli, Mandy Archibald, Alexandra Mudd, Belinda Lange, Matthew Tieu, Rebecca Feo, Renuka Visvanathan, Robyn Clark, Jeroen Hendriks, Geoffrey Hallmann , Penelope Del Fante , Erin Morton, Sarah C. Hunter, Alison Kitson

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An emerging "caring life-course theory" (CLCT) describes the proportion of care that needs to be met through self-care as the top space engulfed within a U-shaped line. Its central assumption is that mostly around two points (beginning-of-life and end-of-life), a person's care needs tend to be met by others.(1) However, we argue that in many cases, the increasing demands of aging populations require twisting such a U-shaped line into a horizontal one, more like a suspension bridge, supported by a necessary ongoing care provision.

This presentation introduces engineering design principles (anti-funicular geometry and tensile integrity)(2,3) to gerontology. The proposition involves investigating the optimisation of the healthcare system and its structural composition considering the latest technological knowledge and their compression and tension elements.

The healthcare system and its limited resources could cope with the most complex structural care demands across the life span of those experiencing chronic self-care impairments if transdisciplinary gerontology teams use anti-funicular geometry and tensile integrity design to model, test, and implement technological resource-saving care solutions.

The presentation introduces a novel line of future investigation for gerontologists. It involves transdisciplinary experiments modelling the use of technology and the compression and tension elements of healthcare systems. This new research angle may find a way to save resources while bringing high-quality care solutions to those with chronic self-care impairments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2022
Event55th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference: The future of ageing well - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 22 Nov 202225 Nov 2022
Conference number: 55
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Conference55th Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference
Abbreviated titleAAG Conference
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Bibliographical note

Pinero de Plaza, M.A., Dafny, H., Lawless, M., McMillan, P., Buchanan, R., Leon, Z., Beleigoli, A., Archibald, M., Mudd, A., Lange, B., Tieu, M., Feo, R., Visvanathan, R., Robyn, C., Hendriks, J., Hallmann, G., Del Fante, P., Morton, E., Hunter, S., Kitson, A., 2022. ENLIGHTEN: homEbouNd peopLe agInG witH TEchNology. A socio-scientific and artistic exhibition submitted to The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (SUB.001.02754 & SUB.001.02754). https://doi.org/10.25451/flinders.21569445


  • Homebound Persons
  • Bedridden
  • Frailty Status
  • Gerontology
  • equity and social justice
  • technological health solutions
  • Digital access
  • Isolation
  • Impairments, reducing life chances for the disabled.
  • Codesign
  • Consumer engagement
  • Co-research
  • Arts and Health
  • Social action
  • Participatory Action Research

NTRO Type of Output

  • Major


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