Public Webinar Series website


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 family member?

Join us for 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.


Goldie Nejat

Can I Help You? The Future of Socially Assistive Robots in Healthcare

Date & Time: Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:00PM ET

Speaker: Dr. Goldie Nejat, Professor, University of Toronto, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering




Description: With a low growth rate and an aging population, Canada will soon need intelligent robots to manage the increasing demands for healthcare. Dr. Nejat’s lab develops autonomous, human-like robots (….Brian, Tangy and Casper…) to assist the elderly and those suffering from dementia. These robots are designed to give care customized to the individual. They provide cognitive and social interventions, facilitate recreational activities and assist with activities of daily living. They interact using natural speech, facial expressions, gestures and body language. Such robotic technology has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for patients, reduce the stress and fatigue of caregivers; and positively transform the global healthcare system.

kjamesConsent & Capacity Part I

Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:00PM ET

Speakers: Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Staff Lawyer



Description: The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) will provide education and expert help on understanding and navigating the Canadian legal system, including legal issues raised by startups and commercialization. It will also address legal and ethical issues of critical importance when working with older adults, such as informed consent and substitute decision-making. This webinar will be the first of a two part series exploring the concepts of consent and capacity.

Archived Webinars

The Application of an Equity Lens to the Development of Technology for Older Adults
February 22, 2018
Speakers: Dr. Karen M. Kobayashi, Associate Professor and Research Affiliate, University of Victoria and Dr. Simon Carroll, Research Associate, University of Victoria

Using Technology to Detect Pain in Older Adults with Dementia
January 23, 2018
Speakers: Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Professor and Research Chair in Aging and Health Psychology, University of Regina & Dr. Babak Taati, Scientist at Toronto Rehab – UHN

The Opportunity of the Older Consumer
December 6, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL

Using Technology and Speech to Track Alzheimer’s
November 14, 2017
Speaker: Frank Rudzicz, Scientist, Toronto Rehab Institute/University of Toronto

How can technology help you locate your wandering family member when they are experiencing dementia?
October 3, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Lili Liu, lead investigator for the project and chair of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta