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Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
former Premier of British Columbia
Aging populations globally are stimulating rapid advances in artificial intelligence, mobile technologies, e-health and other technologies. These simultaneous developments create an ideal opportunity for Canada to emerge as a global leader in designing technology that optimizes the well-being of older adults. Much of this expertise is located at the iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology) centre, part of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. This $36 million Canada Foundation for Innovation-funded facility represents one of the most advanced rehabilitation research centres in the world. Another centre of research excellence is Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre. Experts at both centres are now working with other researchers across Canada, as well as industry partners, service providers, older Canadians and their caregivers to develop practical, cost-effective solutions that meet real-world needs.
Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life brings together 26 universities and more than 75 industry and not-for-profit organizations in a national platform of multi-disciplinary expertise focused on research, knowledge translation and technology commercialization. The network program is driven by three key questions:
In addition to studying the ethical, policy and regulatory issues associated with new technologies, AGE-WELL will also tackle early stage funding, entrepreneurship training and other commercialization challenges.