“As the population ages, researchers are increasingly looking at ways to help older people maintain their independence. And what better place to conduct that research than a retirement home?”
At the Innovation Centre for Healthy Aging, researchers and scientists have access to a ready pool of subjects. That’s because the Centre is based at Guildford Seniors Village.
“One of the foundations of our model is for it to be collaborative, not only between the researchers and their subjects, but for researchers to be working together and with clinicians, caregivers, and families, and to be embedded in a care environment,” said Rowena Rizzotti, Vice-President of Operations for Retirement Concepts.
The first of its kind in B.C., the Innovation Centre is a partnership between Simon Fraser University, BCIT and Retirement Concepts, which is one of the largest private providers of seniors’ care in the province. The partnership enables researchers to test and refine leading-edge products and services related to healthy aging.”