AGE-WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) is Canada’s technology and aging network. AGE-WELL is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services 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 (NCE) 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 research projects are organized into eight Workpackages, supported by four Crosscutting themes. Our network brings together more than 150 funded and affiliated researchers from 37 universities and research centres across Canada. Over 200 industry, government and non-profit partners have joined AGE-WELL and the number continues to grow.
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.
To accelerate innovation in the field of technology and aging that will improve quality of life and produce economic and social benefits for Canadians and the global community. AGE-WELL strives to:
- Conduct world-class research in technologies for healthy aging;
- Develop a broad and transdisciplinary understanding of the impacts and implications of assistive technologies for healthy aging, including an in-depth understanding of the needs of older people and their caregivers, as well as the social, ethical, and policy implications thereof;
- 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
- Position Canada to become 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.