The AGE-WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) is a national research network in technology and aging whose aim is to help older Canadians to maintain their independence, health and quality of life through accessible technologies that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.
Launched in 2015 through the federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence program, AGE-WELL addresses a wide range of complex issues in technology and aging through receptor-driven transdisciplinary research, training programs, partnerships, knowledge mobilization and the commercial development of technologies. AGE-WELL is funded through the NCE program from March 2015 to February 2020.
AGE-WELL supports eight Workpackages supported by four Crosscutting themes. Our network spans 25 universities and research centres across Canada with more than 80 industry, government, and nonprofit partners.
AGE-WELL’s vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation.
AGE-WELL’s mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of technology and aging that will improve quality of life and produce economic and social impact for the benefit of Canadians and the global community. AGE-WELL strives to:
- Conduct world-class research in the field of technologies for healthy aging;
- Develop a transdisciplinary understanding of the technological and methodological aspects of technology for healthy aging, including an in-depth understanding of the needs of this population and the social, ethical, and policy implications;
- Train and mentor students and emerging researchers in unique, applied environments and through a core focus on commercialization, clinical application and knowledge mobilization;
- Foster strong networking and partnerships among academic, public, private, and community sector stakeholders; and
- Create capacity for Canada to establish its position as a global leader in the development of technologies for healthy aging.
Host Institution and Network Management Office
AGE-WELL is hosted by the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research hospital. AGE-WELL’s Network Management Office, based at Toronto Rehab – UHN, facilitates the day-to-day functions and activities of the Network. The Network Management Office is responsible for managing activities and programs to support networking, professional and student development, research opportunities, commercialization and knowledge mobilization.