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 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.


Using Technology to Detect Pain in Older Adults with Dementia

Date & Time:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:00PM ET

Speakers: Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Professor and Research Chair in Aging and Health Psychology, University of Regina & Dr. Babak Taati, Scientist at Toronto Rehab – UHN

: Although pain is common in older populations, older adults are often undertreated for it. This is especially challenging for those with serious dementia, who live in nursing homes and cannot report their pain because of cognitive impairments. Webinar participants will:

• Explore the development of an affordable technology that will facilitate regular pain assessment with minimal resources
• Learn about an inexpensive vision-based sensor that can be easily implemented in most long-term care facilities
• Discover how an automated pain detection system can assist health care staff with pain assessment

profile-karen_kobayashiThe Application of an Equity Lens to the Development of Technology for Older Adults

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 22, 2017 at 1:00PM ET

Speakers: Dr. Karen M. Kobayashi, Associate Professor and Research Affiliate, University of Victoria and Simon Carroll, Research Associate, University of Victoria


Description: Older adults are more likely to have lower digital literacy, but sub-groups of older people disadvantaged by socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, immigrant status and other key markers of social inequality are likely to have even more pronounced challenges in this respect. This webinar will introduce and apply an equity lens to underscore the importance of addressing the unique experiences of disadvantaged groups in the development of technology for older adults and their caregivers.


AGE-WELL webinar Oct 3 2017

How can technology help you locate your wandering family member when they are experiencing dementia?

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:00PM ET

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.

Missed the webinar? Click here to access the archived copy.

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Using Technology and Speech to Track Alzheimer’s

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:00PM ET

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.

Missed the webinar? Click here to access the archived copy.

irmacs committee of some sort head shotsThe Opportunity of the Older Consumer

Date & Time:  Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00PM ET

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.

Missed the webinar? Click here to access the archived copy.