Network Renewal Planning Activities
AGE-WELL’s first five-year mandate ends in 2020. To prepare for the next phase of the network, we engaged in a strategic planning process to define our priorities for 2020-2023.
In early 2018 we embarked on a comprehensive review of policy priorities across governments in Canada and internationally, relating to seniors. These priorities were validated with research, government, non-profit and industry stakeholders including older adults and caregivers.
From hundreds of priorities, a shortlist of 18 Challenge Areas was presented at public consultations (“network renewal roadshows”) in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal between June – September 2018. AGE-WELL also conducted a public survey.
With feedback from over 1,000 stakeholders, a final set of eight Challenge Areas was developed and announced at the Canadian Science Policy Conference on November 7, 2018.
AGE-WELL Challenge Areas
A Challenge Area is an important but difficult and complex problem area (often know as a “wicked problem”) that demands innovation and deployment of real-world solutions. A challenge in this context is NOT just about problems, it may be about economic opportunities and making a positive contribution to Canadian society and government policy. A Challenge Area goes beyond research questions or priorities.
AGE-WELL Challenge Areas:
- Supportive Homes & Communities
- Health Care & Health Service Delivery
- Autonomy & Independence
- Cognitive Health & Dementia
- Mobility & Transportation
- Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness
- Staying Connected
- Financial Wellness & Employment
Focusing primarily on these eight Challenge Areas will enable AGE-WELL to “move the needle” when it comes to supporting older adults and caregivers in Canada – and achieving social and economic impact. These Challenge Areas set the agenda for the future of technology and aging in Canada.
AGE-WELL Core Research Program 2020
A key aspect of AGE-WELL’s renewal planning process has been the development of the next Core Research Program, which is a set of integrated, long-term research projects that are the cornerstone of the Network’s activities. From a field of 70 applications, 24 projects were selected to receive Catalyst Funding in 2019-20 and form the basis of AGE-WELL’s future Core Research Program.
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