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Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life - AGE-WELL

$36.6 million for 2014-20
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Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life

Number of partners
420

Partner contributions
$10 million

Headquarters
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario

Scientific Directors
Alex Mihailidis Alex Mihailidis

Andrew Sixsmith Andrew Sixsmith

Board chair
Mimi Lowi-Young Mimi Lowi-Young
Former CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Growing older with dignity and grace with some high-tech help


The opportunity

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 supports healthy aging. Across Canada, there exists tremendous expertise that can be mobilized to accelerate innovation in technology and aging. Older adults and their caregivers are becoming tech savvy and there is a growing expectation for technologies to be integrated seamlessly in our daily lives. Technology offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance the quality of life of older adults and caregivers, create socio-economic benefits, and reduce pressures on the health-care system and long-term care.  

How AGE-WELL is seizing the opportunity

Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL) brings together more than 200 researchers from 40 universities, over 250 industry and non-profit organizations, older adults, caregivers and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. AGE-WELL addresses complex issues in technology and aging through transdisciplinary research, training, partnerships, knowledge mobilization and technology commercialization.

AGE-WELL is driven by three key questions:

  1. What do older adults and caregivers need and how can technology meet those needs?
  2. What technology-based systems and services should be used to enhance the health and well-being of older adults and support independent living?
  3. How can innovation be fostered in the short- and long-term to benefit older adults, health-care providers and Canadian industry?

AGE-WELL also studies ethical, policy and regulatory issues associated with new technologies.

Among the results

  • AGE-WELL is preparing the next generation of leaders in technology and aging through a unique training program that boasts almost 500 trainees, including alumni.
  • AGE-WELL supports 12 startups that are commercializing and launching products, creating wealth and generating jobs, including: WinterLight Labs, which is commercializing speech-analyzer  software that detects cognitive impairment in its early stages, Steadiwear Inc., which is commercializing a smart glove to reduce hand tremors, and Braze Mobility Inc., which has brought to market  an add-on system that can transform a regular wheelchair into a smart wheelchair able to help prevent collisions.
  • AGE-WELL researchers are developing over 70 technologies, services and policies/practices to help Canadians enjoy the best quality of life possible. These are practical, cost-effective solutions that increase people’s safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.
  • AGE-WELL is informing the development of new policies and approaches to stimulate innovation and technology adoption. A Fredericton-based innovation hub, Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging (APPTA), bridges the gap between health-care policy needs and solutions, and helps AGE-WELL contribute to policy innovation. 

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News
February 14, 2019
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March 5, 2018
November 15, 2017
February 6, 2017
December 16, 2016
September 29, 2016
Events
October 22-24, 2019
Features
Giving older adults and their caregivers a voice in research
January 31, 2017
Jim Mann is one of more than 747,000 Canadians living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, but don’t ask him what new technologies would make his life easier and safer. Read more
Predicting falls before they happen
May 13, 2016
Helping his grandmother navigate the icy sidewalks of Winnipeg as a boy and witnessing her fear of falling helped motivate Steve Robinovitch to pursue research focused on keeping vulnerable seniors safer. Read more
Videos
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AGE-WELL: Solutions for Healthy Aging
June 25, 2019