Minister sees real innovation

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP with Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson at BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP with Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson at BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig.

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Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP visited BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig ahead of International Day of Older Persons that was celebrated on Saturday.

BRE hosted its Assistive Technology event last week to showcase and demonstrate how the use of the latest technologies can support an ageing population.

Mr Stewart praised BRE as he addressed a 50-strong audience of local authorities, housing associations, charities, public and healthcare staff.

He was then accompanied by Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson as he toured the park, including a visit to the Dementia Friendly Home.

This highlights how adjustments to traditional properties could make living at home safer for the increasing number in the Scottish population who are being diagnosed with the condition.

He also viewed products from companies including Sol Connect, Chubb, Canary, Dayex, Shackleton’s and Unicook, which have been installed on the Dementia Friendly Homes.

Dr David Kelly, BRE group director, said: “New strategies are required to support the nation’s ageing population who wish to continue living in their own homes.

“The reality is that with a growing elderly population, increased life expectancy and the prediction that, by 2021, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to around one million.”