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 known 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:

  1. Supportive Homes & Communities
  2. Health Care & Health Service Delivery
  3. Autonomy & Independence
  4. Cognitive Health & Dementia
  5. Mobility & Transportation
  6. Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness
  7. Staying Connected
  8. 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.

Download the Future of Technology and Aging Research in Canada booklet (English).
Download the Future of Technology and Aging Research in Canada booklet (French). 

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. A set of 25 projects have received Catalyst funding in 2019-20 and will form the basis of AGE-WELL’s future Core Research Program.


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