What if... patients helped guide dementia research?

Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (NCE)

 

In 2007 at the age of 58, Jim Mann was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. The former airline employee works daily to cope with a disease that could be better managed, he says, if researchers and companies that make assistive technologies better understood the daily challenges facing older adults with dementia, and their caregivers and families. Mann works to bridge the divide between design and practice as the Alzheimer’s advocate at the Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE, where he helps review proposals and shape the network’s investment decisions. Listening to and engaging with technology users through all stages of the development process is core to AGE-WELL’s mission.

I use technology to stay active and engaged as I volunteer and use my business experience to add my voice to focus on people like myself living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Through my participation in AGE-WELL and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, I help to ensure that both the research and business communities respond with products and services that meet the real needs of older adults and their caregivers. Technology is only useful if people are willing and able to use it.Jim Mann, Member, Research Management Committee, AGE-WELL