Almost one-quarter of Atlantic Canadians are over the age of 65. How can AgeTech support healthy and independent aging? AGE-WELL is pleased to host this exciting series of presentations on the work being done across Atlantic Canada. A networking session hosted by our speakers, NBHRF and AGE-WELL will follow. All are welcome to join!
Several short presentations will highlight regional projects in the first hour. This will be followed by 30 minutes of networking to build out further collaboration in the space across the provinces.
- AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub APPTA
- Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU)
- New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)
- OA-INVOLVE, an AGE-WELL Funded Project at Dalhousie University
- The Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging (CIRA)
Lyne Ouellet, University of New Brunswick, and AGE-WELL HQP Advisory Committee Regional Representative | Lyne Ouellet is a second year PhD student in the program of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her focus is on aging and health, alongside health policy and health systems analysis. She is a former physiotherapist with years experience in inpatient hospitals in many provinces. She is currently a research coordinator at St. Thomas University, piloting a community connector program to ensure older adults are connected to existing community supports in an effort to ensure individuals have access to all resources in their health ecosystem.
The Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging: Research Driving Practice
Justine Henry a part-time PhD student at the University of New Brunswick and also works full-time as the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging (CIRA), a not-for-profit research company housed within New Brunswick’s largest long-term care facility. Justine has an Honors Degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University (’10), a Diploma in Health Wellness and Recreation from Eastern College (’12), and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick (’19). Previously, she has worked as a researcher in many fields including behavioral psychology, adulthood and aging, chronic pain, and human sexuality.
Advancing Policy and Practice in Technology and Aging: an AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub
Jenna Roddick is the Manager of Operations for the APPTA hub. Jenna oversees APPTA’s day to day activities and programs and leads collaborations with government, researchers, and other organizations that serve the aging population. A key role for Jenna is to identify relevant research being done across the country that aligns with current government priorities in aging in APPTA’s effort to contribute to evidence-informed policy recommendations. Another part of her work is to promote knowledge translation, through partnerships, the MileAGE podcast, and APPTA’s education programming.
Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit capacity development opportunities and you!
Daniel J. Dutton is an assistant professor in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. He is based at the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick campus in Saint John. His current research is focused on social epidemiology and public policy, namely, how can governments influence or mitigate the impact of social determinants of health like low income.
Most of his work is quantitative, utilizing large data sets and modeling strategies from economics and epidemiology. His primary interests are population-level exposures and their impact on poverty and health, how governments can address those exposures, and the distributional impacts of addressing those exposures. Currently that work focuses on homelessness, low income, and governmental policy.
Dan is also the Scientific Director of APPTA, an AGE-WELL hub designed to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers, with a focus on policy changes that improve the quality of life for older adults. He is also part of the IMPART research collaborative. He has taught or currently teaches econometrics, statistics, epidemiology, and population health classes. Prior to his Ph.D. Dan worked for a short time in the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has Twitter: @danduttonysj
Engaging Older Adults in AgeTech Solutions: OA-INVOLVE and SMARTech
Dr. Susan Kirkland is a Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Kirkland’s research lies in the areas of chronic diseases and aging; she is particularly interested in the investigation of the multifactorial determinants of health as they influence healthy aging. Dr. Kirkland is one of three principal investigators leading the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a prospective cohort of 50,000 men and women who are being followed for 20 years. She also leads studies in physical activity and obesity, HIV and aging, frailty, and technologies to support aging in place. In addition to her role as project lead for AGE-WELL WP1.3 OA-INVOLVE, & AWCRP -2020-11 SMARTech, and CC5 DRIVE, she is the research representative on AGE-WELL’s Board of Directors. Dr. Kirkland is also a member of CIHR’s Institute of Aging Advisory Board and a member of the federal Covid-19 Immunity Task Force Leadership Group.
Ashley-Ann Marcotte is the Research Coordinator for Dr. Susan Kirkland on the OA-INVOLVE and SMARTech projects at Dalhousie University. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and has a background in community-based research. She is an advocate for community and partner engagement throughout the research process and strives to elevate the voices of older adults and marginalized groups in research.
My AGE-WELL Journey
Carole Goodine is project lead for the Hospital to Home Pharmacy Project, an applied research project at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (DECRH) in Fredericton, NB. She is a licensed pharmacist in New Brunswick and maintains a clinical practice on the Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation unit at DECRH and participates in antipsychotic review rounds on the Transitional Care Unit. Carole’s research interests include inpatient medication management, de-prescribing in long-term care and pharmacy practice.
After several years of practice, Carole obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with NBHRF and AGE-WELL. She continues to be involved in the project that launched her research career and is looking forward to sharing her AGE-WELL journey and the AGE-Tech research she is conducting.