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Past Policy Rounds

AGE-WELL NCE and the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging (APPTA) jointly launched Policy Rounds last fall. Featuring unique 30-minute presentations from researchers and trainees, Policy Rounds share knowledge and discuss the policy implications of the latest research in the AgeTech sector.

2020-2022 AGE-WELL APPTA Policy Rounds
CFN’s Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project: Study findings and potential applications
Date: March 9, 2022 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Jeanette Prorok, Manager, Special Projects & Evaluation, Canadian Frailty Network

Description: In July 2019, CFN launched the Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project. The FOCUS Project brought together frailty researchers, clinicians, and administrators, as well as older adults and caregivers from across the world to work toward consensus on a set of core outcomes and common data elements for frailty. This Policy Rounds session will highlight the results of this work as well as avenues for implementation of the core set.

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Including older people from disadvantaged groups in research practice: A compensation series
Date: February 22, 2022 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Amanda Grenier, Professor and Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work at the University of Toronto and Baycrest Hospital

Description: Research practice often overlooks larger questions about meaningful participation, disadvantage, and vulnerability. One notable example is how standard and historical practices of not-compensating particular groups, or of restricting compensation as a form of control, can contribute to inequality and sustain harmful practices against older people from disadvantaged groups. Dr. Grenier will discuss and share a series developed by AGE-WELL’s CC1 team on knowledge mobilization. This webinar is intended to start a conversation about the importance of compensation, and serve as a resource for funders, ethics committees, universities, and academic faculty and students carrying out research with older people in Canada.

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Advancing the Role of the Internet of Things in Public Health Research
Date: February 8, 2022 at 2:00pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Plinio Morita, Associate Professor – School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, J.W. Graham Information Technology Emerging Leader Chair in Applied Health Informatics, & Assistant Professor – Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Description: Dr. Plinio Morita will explore the role of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in informing public health research and will discuss how the siloed data ecosystems that we currently have around the world prevent data from having a major positive impact on public health practice. In this presentation, he will talk about the challenges in accessing and sharing IoT and Active Assisted Living data during the pandemic and some examples of how IoT data was used to inform public health initiatives.

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2021 Policy Rounds:

The tech-enabled home: guiding industry and innovators
Date: November 30, 2021 at 12:00pm ET
Speaker: Michael Chrostowski, Business Development and Industry Relations Manager, AGE-WELL

Description: In 2020, AGE-WELL brought together a broad cross-section of industry leaders in technology and aging along with older adults and caregivers to form an Industry Advisory Group on the future of aging in place.  The first output of this working group was a whitepaper on the tech-enabled home.  You will hear about the conclusions and recommendations of the working group and how these could enable better solutions for aging in place in the future.

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Engaging people living with dementia in decision-making
Date: September 15, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Krista James, National Director Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and Staff Lawyer, British Columbia Law Institute

Description: Although international, federal, and provincial / territorial laws protect the rights of people living with dementia to make their own decisions or participate in decision-making where they have capacity issues, people living with dementia are often excluded from making decisions about health care, money, and other every day issues that matter to them. This webinar will highlight key laws, identify barriers to participation in decision-making, and discuss the work of the Canadian Centre of Elder Law to support policy and practice change that honours the decision-making autonomy of people living with dementia.

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Community Connectors: Harnessing positive community energy to address social isolation and loneliness
Date: August 18, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Lyne Ouellet, University of New Brunswick PhD candidate and Research Assistant at St. Thomas University

Description: Social isolation and loneliness among older adults has been described as a global epidemic by the US Surgeon general prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may impact one’s health and has been said to cost $1644 USD per person yearly in health care dollars. Systems are slowly realizing the importance of addressing this issue. To further guide decision makers, three components can be considered when setting policies aimed at assisting community members and developing interventions: interventions should be adaptable to local context, employ a community development approach and be productive in nature. The community of Fredericton, New Brunswick plans to build on momentum it has generated and develop its own Community Connector program to complement the many wonderful initiatives already in place.

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How attention to provincial long-term care policies can support or inhibit resident quality of life
Date: July 21, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Janice Keefe, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Studies and Gerontology Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging Mount Saint Vincent University

Description: Long-term care homes are complex settings in which people live and work. They are a place many call “home” in their later years yet they are highly-regulated environments with a strong emphasis on safety and security. This paradox emerges as a key message from our review of policies in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and has been further highlighted during the pandemic. This presentation will provide insights from the Seniors-Adding Life to Years project’s policy review and challenge decision makers to think about how policies support or inhibit resident quality of life.

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Late life homelessness: Recognizing and addressing unmet need
Date: June 17, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Amanda Grenier, PhD, Professor and Norman and Honey Schipper Chair in Gerontological Social Work

Description: Homelessness among older people is on the rise in Canada and international contexts. This webinar outlines key issues and needs with regards to late life homelessness, and highlights gaps in policy and practice. It shares lessons and insights from research with older people with lived experience, and provides suggested directions for change.

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The need for policy change to facilitate improved pain assessment and management in long-term care facilities
Date: May 27, 2021 at 2:30pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Research Chair in Aging and Health, Director of the Centre on Aging and Health and Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina

Description: As many as 80% of long-term care residents may be suffering from persistent pain. Yet pain problems in this population are underrecognized, underassessed and undermanaged. Underlying conditions causing pain may go undetected leading to increased suffering and, often, higher future health care costs. Current policies specify minimum standards for pain assessment that do not meet patients’ needs. This presentation outlined policy changes that are needed to improve pain assessment and management in long-term care facilities.

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Measuring and enforcing the human rights of older persons
Date: April 8, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Christian Whalen, Deputy Advocate, Office of the Child, Youth, and Seniors Advocate of New Brunswick

Description: In this webinar, we will review the efforts globally to develop a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and consider how the rights of older persons in New Brunswick and Canada today can best be measured and enforced. A proposed annual measurement tool on the State of the Older Person and a policy lens to take older persons into account in policy development will be discussed.

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Responding to the COVID-19 emergency, returning to growth: Older workers and the pandemic recovery
Date: April 1, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker:
Jonathan Lai, APPTA Policy Challenge Participant and MSc candidate, University of Alberta

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the Canadian economy in a severe and unprecedented manner. For older workers and their families, the pandemic represents an ongoing challenge to their livelihoods, employment status, and financial well-being. Moreover, the current public health risks associated with COVID-19 also threatens the policy goal of increasing the labour force participation of older workers over the course of the next decade. This presentation will address the following policy question: what actions can be taken to ensure the financial well-being of older Canadians and support the future labour force contributions of older workers beyond the COVID-19 pandemic?

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From ideation to implementation: A case study in translating advances in research into industry-friendly outcomes
Date: March 9th, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Boger, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo and Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living, and Srusht Dastan, Commercialization Officer, University of Waterloo

Description: This webinar will give a high-level overview of a researcher’s journey in transforming the research outcomes of the CARE-RATE project into a licence-ready format that is accessible by industry.  Topics will include development of multi-institution IP sharing, translation of knowledge between disciplines and sectors, and obtaining NSERC funding to complete a market assessment. The talk will conclude with a discussion of what might be done to improve these types of activities.             

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Technology with a Face: A Future with Social Robots
Date: February 24th, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Shane Saunderson, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Description: Robots have already had a massive impact on our world and, as we learn to make them more social, are poised to evolve our hospitals, schools, businesses, and homes. However, given the potential for these robots to change the very fabric of our society and interactions, we have a responsibility to approach their deployment in a considered and collaborative way. Technology can bring with it great change, good and bad, and technology with a face, even more so.               

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VOICES of Canada's Seniors: A roadmap to an age-inclusive Canada
Date: February 11th, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Laura Tamblyn-Watts, CEO of CanAge

Description: CanAge is Canada’s independent nonprofit seniors’ advocacy organization. Participants will learn about the VOICES roadmap which aims to spark system change by highlighting scalable innovative practices and laying the groundwork for an age-inclusive Canada.

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Barriers and Facilitators of Digital Health Adoption for Chronic Disease Management
Date: January 27th, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Meshari F. Alwashmi, Chief Scientific Officer, BreatheSuite

Description: This webinar will cover the perceptions of patients and health care professionals regarding the adoption of innovative digital health interventions for chronic disease management. These facilitators and barriers are vital to inform the successful development and implementation of digital health interventions for chronic disease management.

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Collaborating Online Resources & Education (CORE) in Alberta and BC: Promoting Healthy Aging using a digital knowledge hub for seniors serving organizations
Date: January 13th, 2021 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Speakers: Kesa ShikazeExecutive Director, Seniors & Housing, Government of Alberta; Barb McMillan, Provincial Coordinator – Community Engagement, United Way of Lower Mainland; Karen McDonald, Community-Based Senior Serving Leadership Council Chair; and Mariam Elghahuagi, Seniors Engagement and Communications Advisor, United Way of Calgary 

Description: Originally launched in 2018 in BC, followed by a launch in 2020 in Alberta, the Collaborative Online Resources and Education (CORE) platform is a digital knowledge hub that’s been developed to support seniors-serving organizations in both provinces to connect with each other, share resources and best practices, and much more! Please join us for a discussion about the collaborative partnerships forged between community organizations and government in each province as well as across jurisdictions, and learn more about how the CORE platform has been leveraged to support the seniors serving sector throughout the pandemic.

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2020 Policy Rounds:

Engaging government to scale up MOvIT+: A program offering assistive technology coaching and supports
Claudine auger_squareDate: December 9th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Claudine Auger, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal

Description: This presentation will discuss the various partnership strategies that lead to engaging health care centers and the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec in supporting a largescale implementation study of a web-based intervention for older adults with mobility limitations.

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Engaging Older Adults in Research: The OA-INVOLVE Experience

Amanda Jenkins_squareDate: December 3rd, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: 
Amanda Jenkins, PhD, Research Coordinator, OA-INVOLVE

Description:
The OA-INVOLVE project documents best practices of involving older adults in technology research and development with the aim to establish guidelines for older adult engagement. The active involvement of older adults in the research and development of technologies for older adults has scientific, commercial, and broader societal benefits.  However, due to barriers such as lengthy ethics approvals at universities, lack of researcher training in participatory methods, and restrictive funding structures, older adults are often not engaged in the development of technologies from the beginning. In this presentation, we explore these barriers and how institutional policies can be changed to better support researchers in meaningfully engaging older adults throughout the research process.

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Mobilizing international partnerships to inform dementia and missing persons policies
Neubauer headshot_squareDate: November 26th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Noelannah Neubauer, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo

Description: The number of missing persons living with dementia is on the rise and is quickly becoming one of the top populations that are being reported missing to police around the world. As we begin to identify and develop strategies to mitigate the risks of getting lost among this group, we will need policies to support their implementation. The purpose of this webinar will be to share our research team’s aims and experiences as it pertains to mobilizing international partnerships through networks to inform dementia and missing persons policies.

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The use of automated vehicles by older adults with cognitive impairments
Shabnam squareDate: November 12th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Shabnam Haghzare, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Description: While the race to bring automated vehicles to the market continues to accelerate, the societal implications of the wide use of this technology have not yet been fully addressed. Notably, developing licencing requirements that can accommodate individuals of all capabilities have been identified as one of the necessary first steps by the Canadian government. This talk will provide an overview of an AGE-WELL project on the use of automated vehicles by older adults and discuss the potential implications on licencing guidelines.

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Policy challenges and approaches to the ethical design, development, and procurement of Age-Tech
cosmin_munteanu-218x300_squareDate: October 27th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Cosmin Munteanu, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Description: Older adults (65+), who are already at risk of social isolation and loneliness, are at increasing risks of also being “digitally isolated”. The fast-changing landscape of services being transitioned to a primarily digital format (especially services essential to this demographic, from health, to financial, and to personal/social connectivity) may in fact lead to older adults’ digital marginalization. In our AGE-WELL research, we have been investigating inclusive design methods such as the participatory design of interactive applications. However, in our investigation of industry practices and policies, we have also uncovered barriers to the adoption of such methods by developers and designers. We reflect here on the value of such approaches and the limitations of relying exclusively on market forces to address barriers to the use of these design methods. We then describe our emerging research on the policy and procurement changes that may bring meaningful and structurally sustainable changes to the inclusive and ethical development of AgeTech.

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How to scale up and sustain assistive technologies by leveraging policy partnerships
kobayashi_photo1_squareDate: October 15th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Karen Kobayashi, Professor/ Associate Dean, University of Victoria

Description: In this presentation we will discuss how our implementation science team is working with policymakers, i.e., the BC Ministry of Health and provincial health authorities, to examine the scale up, spread and sustainability of assistive technologies (ATs) for older adults and their caregivers in the province. In particular, we will highlight how policy partners: 

  • Supported and enabled the research team  
  • Had a direct impact on improving the assessment and evaluation of innovative ATs for older adults  
  • Helped the appropriate implementation of ATs in home and community-care settings
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When employees are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early onset dementia at work: Getting ahead of the curve
josephine-mcmurrayDate: September 29th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Josephine McMurray, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Description: As the workforce ages, there will be an exponential rise in the number of workers who develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early onset dementia (EOD) while on the job. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes that reasonable accommodation must be provided to individuals with disabilities such as MCI|EOD, so that they may be able to enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. Dr. McMurray will provide a high-level summary of the Cog@Work team’s research into the science behind employers’ response to this “rising tide”, and the Canadian policy environment which guides them. 

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Sparking action to support rapid-learning health and social systems in Canada
MikeWilson_2020Date: September 18th, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Dr. Michael Wilson, Associate Professor, McMaster University

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2022 AGE-WELL Webinar Series
Balancing Work and Care: Strategies for Meaningful Employment
Date: April 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRzJtv-43sE

Exploring wandering prevention strategies and innovations
Date: March 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4nB122cAeA

Monitoring heart and lung health using innovative technologies
Date: February 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=XYqvBU1ysl4

2021 AGE-WELL Webinar Series
Part 5: Improving accessibility for people with various cognitive abilities through inclusive research and development
Date: September 23, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=LxBoIzwY8ZE

Part 4: Reducing Social Isolation in Older Adults and Staying Resilient During the Pandemic
Date: May 13, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=C5UpQTP2gdU
For resources from the webinar, click here.

Part 3: Experiences in Caregiving during COVID-19: What Have we Learned?
Date: April 6, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=hoEdP1MPKFM

Part 2: Keeping Your Brain Active and Healthy During COVID-19
Date: March 18, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=HM2CUp1zo60

Part 1: Everything You Need to Know to be an Engaged Health Researcher

Speakers: Andrew Sixsmith, PhD, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL; Judith Sixsmith, PhD, Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee; Alex Mihailidis, PhD, Scientific Director and CEO, AGE-WELL; Mei Lan Fang, PhD, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee
Date: March 8, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=eNiXAUjqsik

2021 Other AGE-WELL Events/Webinars
AgeTech Innovation Week
Date: October 4-8, 2021

To watch the event recordings, click here.

National Long-Term Care Standard Consultation: Operation and Infection Prevention and Control of Long-Term Care Homes
Speakers: Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director and CEO, AGE-WELL and Cassandra Gullia, Project Manager, CSA Group
Date: May 5, 2021, 2 pm ET

Link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=a_89FhX6Ncw

2020 AGE-WELL Webinar Series

Part 6: Technology Use and Attitudes towards Aging among Older Canadians during COVID-19: New Poll Results
Speakers: Ahsan Sadiq, Director of Market Insights, Health & Wellness, Environics Research, Andrew Sixsmith, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL, Judy Tinning, older adult/retired secondary school teacher
Date: November 18, 2020, 1 pm ET

Link: https://youtu.be/M4jQO7d5vBQ
Part 5: Revisiting Pandemic Perspectives from Older Adults and Caregivers
Speakers: Ron Beleno, OACAC co-chair, caregiver advocate; Olive Bryanton, OACAC Atlantic Canada representative, older adult advocate; Lisa Poole, OACAC West-Central Region Representative, caregiver advocate; Sherry Baker, OACAC Vice Chair, older adults and caregiver advocate
Date: October 1, 2020, 1 pm ET

Link: https://youtu.be/M4jQO7d5vBQ
Part 4: In-home rehab made possible for knee replacement recovery
Speaker: Nirtal Shah, founder and CEO, Curovate
Date: August 11, 2020

Link: https://youtu.be/r8oVsOQBaVg
Part 3: Serious games: How digital games can help older adults combat social isolation
Speakers: Dr. David Kaufman and Dr.S Louise Sauvé
Date: July 8, 2020

Link: https://youtu.be/pzGo9totddU
Part 2: Connecting the Unconnected: Introducing FamliNet
Speakers: Dr. Ron Baecker and Stephanie Gagne
Date: June 3, 2020

Link: https://youtu.be/6UyjTAnjihM
Part 1: Pandemic Perspectives from Older Adults and Caregivers
Speakers: Ron Beleno, Dr. Olive Bryanton, Dr. Andrew Sixsmith & Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Date: May 20, 2020

Link: https://youtu.be/VrTUu32a6sQ

2019-2020 Creating the Future Webinar Series
Part 1: Involving End-Users in All Stages of Research
Speakers: Dr. Julie Robillard, Ian Goldman & Dr. Kristine Goulet
Date: February 19, 2019

Link: https://youtu.be/LWkmjQbTGJU
Part 2: How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future & Promoting Independence for All
Speakers: Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Date: April 24, 2019

Link: https://youtu.be/-A2lExlYGPo
Part 3: Building an Innovation Hub - A Case Study
Speakers: Dr. Frank Knoefel, Dr. Josephine McMurray, Dr. Rafik Goubran & Dr. Bruce Wallace
Date: June 11, 2019

Link: https://youtu.be/OnjQ4PtGFQ4
Part 4: How to Successfully Partner Internationally to Create Real-World Products
Speakers: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith & Dr. Lili Liu
Date: September 19, 2019

Link: https://youtu.be/TS02ba0bTao
Part 5: Supporting People who Juggle Work and Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions
Speakers: Dr. Janet Fast & Johnna Lowther
Date: November 7, 2019

Link: https://youtu.be/szznr9pHk2g

2017-2018 Public Webinar Series
Consent & Capacity Part II
Speaker: Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Date: September 18, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/6Vh3PBptfBU
Training the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
Speakers: Leo Mui, Manager, Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the Impact Centre & Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, CEO, Braze Mobility Inc.
Date: August 21, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/0dlm4UHed04
Predicting and Preventing Falls using Technology
Speaker: Dr. Steve Robinovitch, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science
Date: July 5, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/PVeEJrejOW4
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Speakers: Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law & Valerie Le Blanc, Staff Lawyer, British Columbia Law Institute
Date: June 13, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/UiT9ISOz6_w
Consent & Capacity Part I
Speaker: Krista James, National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Date: May 15, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/FIrXTr0iPls
Can I Help You? The Future of Socially Assistive Robots in Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Goldie Nejat, Professor, University of Toronto, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Date: April 9, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/VPv4AGuuvC4
The Application of an Equity Lens to the Development of Technology for Older Adults
Speakers: Dr. Karen M. Kobayashi, Associate Professor and Research Affiliate, University of Victoria and Dr. Simon Carroll, Research Associate, University of Victoria
Date: February 22, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/kAlf4HGPi3k
Using Technology to Detect Pain in Older Adults with Dementia
Speakers: Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Professor and Research Chair in Aging and Health Psychology, University of Regina & Dr. Babak Taati, Scientist at Toronto Rehab – UHN
Date: February 22, 2018

Link: https://youtu.be/lGkh5ihNXJs
The Opportunity of the Older Consumer
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL
Date: December 6, 2017

Link: https://youtu.be/2EGQMPbSKKk
Using Technology and Speech to Track Alzheimer’s
Speaker: Frank Rudzicz, Scientist, Toronto Rehab Institute/University of Toronto
Date: November 14, 2017

Link: https://youtu.be/PWd5_yxxBnQ
How can technology help you locate your wandering family member when they are experiencing dementia?
Speaker: Dr. Lili Liu, lead investigator for the project and chair of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta
Date: October 3, 2017

Link: https://youtu.be/p48JOEQ9s1o