Are you an older adult or caregiver? Are you interested in the latest technology and aging research?
Do you want to know about the innovative work happening across Canada and how it can benefit you and your loved ones?
Join us as we launch our public webinar series. Older adults, caregivers, members of the public, researchers, trainees and professionals in the aging and technology space are all welcome to attend. You will learn about new products, projects and ideas coming out of AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network.
Let’s start a conversation about technology and aging this Fall.
How can technology help you locate your wandering loved ones when they are experiencing dementia?
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:00PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Lili Liu, lead investigator for the project and chair of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta
Description: Learn about a unique new online resource that allows consumers to find the right locator device for loved ones with dementia who may wander.
The Consumer Guideline for Locator Technologies website offers caregivers a level playing field to compare GPS-based locator devices and other types of tracking technologies. The site can be used to determine which device best meets the needs of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia who is at risk of becoming lost.
The website was launched in Summer 2017 through the support of AGE-WELL and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
Using Technology and Speech to Track Alzheimer’s
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:00PM EST
Speaker: Frank Rudzicz, Scientist, Toronto Rehab Institute/University of Toronto
Description: Learn about a new technology that analyzes a person’s natural speech to detect and monitor Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. The tablet-based assessment tool records short samples of a person’s speech as they describe a picture on the screen and extracts hundreds of variables from the samples.
Because of word-finding difficulties, people with Alzheimer’s disease will tend to pause more between words and the complexity of their vocabulary is reduced. The technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze about 400 variables, such as pitch, tone, prosody (rhythm), and rate of speech, as well as pauses and choice of words. In the laboratory, the software can reliably identify Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and aphasia with between 85% and 100% accuracy.
The Opportunity of the Older Consumer
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL
Description: Older adults over 60 currently spend $4 trillion a year and that number is likely to increase. Companies need to refocus on this expanding market to meet unmet needs and to seize the opportunity of the older customer. This webinar will cover how product development and research can be enriched by the involvement of consumers, and ways in which older adults and caregivers can take part, drawing on AGE-WELL examples.
Stay tune for more webinars in 2018!