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Startup competition will recognize top innovators in Canada’s technology and aging sector

Apr 09 2019

(Français) Winners to receive $15,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes AGE-WELL is pleased to announce a national competition for Canadian startups whose technologies or services can improve quality of life for older adults or their caregivers. The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition will recognize top startups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support

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How AGE-WELL makes unusual collaborations possible

How AGE-WELL makes unusual collaborations possible

Apr 01 2019

(Français) Vast distances and differences in expertise and experience separate Dr. Julie Robillard, a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Jesse Hoey, a computer scientist at the University of Waterloo. But the two AGE-WELL investigators are combining these diverse academic specialties in their shared determination to help older adults make better use

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Caregivers ‘Huddol’ for info and support

Mar 20 2019

(Français) When her elderly mother needed to transition to a higher level of care, Donna Thomson reached out to Huddol members for advice on housing and care options in Montreal. After co-caregiving for his aging parents, Rick Lauber joined Huddol to share what he had learned with other caregivers. Huddol is the country’s first cross-disease,

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Films show the importance of ‘meaningful objects’ for older adults and caregivers

Mar 18 2019

(Français) The importance of objects in the aging process is the focus of an extraordinary series of short films that have been co-created by an intergenerational team that includes older adults and caregivers, with the support of AGE-WELL. Dr. Megan Strickfaden, a design anthropologist at the University of Alberta and project lead, says the illustrated

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Making life better for long-term care residents with dementia

Mar 11 2019

(Français) Patricia Laurin says her 92-year-old mother Shirrill Crawford has been “totally lost” for several years due to Alzheimer’s disease. “She doesn’t know me. Her memory is really compromised.” Yet the day ABBY—a wall-mounted personalized activity technology—was installed at Crawford’s Midland, Ontario long-term care home, she became “totally engaged for 90 minutes. It blew me

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