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Profile: Dr. Rita Orji

Feb 12 2019

(Français) Dr. Rita Orji says her experience as an AGE-WELL trainee while doing postdoctoral work at McGill University helped her to see the sheer scope of what could be accomplished in the field of technology and aging. These days, Dr. Orji is an assistant professor of computer science at Dalhousie University, where she is in

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Aging well at the heart of new national innovation hub at SFU’s Surrey campus

Jan 17 2019

(Français) Digital Health Circle to drive development of health technology solutions to support healthy aging A new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub will address aging challenges through digital technologies and is being unveiled today at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus. The hub is being launched by the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada’s technology and

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Alert system aims to keep people with dementia safe

Jan 11 2019

(Français) Ron Beleno knows the “panic, frustration and helplessness” family members experience when a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia wanders from home and becomes lost. It happened numerous times with his father, who had Alzheimer’s for the last 10 years of his life. “I realized after hearing more stories about missing

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An emotionally supportive virtual assistant

Jan 04 2019

(Français) A virtual assistant that can verbally prompt people living with Alzheimer’s disease to carry out daily tasks at home—such as handwashing—could vastly improve peoples’ independence and support their caregivers. But imagine if the voice and instructions could take into account an individual’s personality and current state of mind. That’s what a new technology called

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An app for arthritis management

Dec 10 2018

(Français) A key challenge in arthritis treatment is tracking how people are doing between doctor and physiotherapist visits. A new smartphone app developed by Vancouver-based technology startup eTreatMD and tested by AGE-WELL researchers at Simon Fraser University helps fill that gap by precisely measuring swelling and other physical changes using the device’s camera. People with

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