AGE-WELL Research

a group of seniorsAGE-WELL consists of a program of research that will lead to the development of innovative and cutting-edge social and technological solutions that will support older and adults and caregivers to age well. Our Core Research Program involves an integrated set of eight Workpackages (WPs) to carry out the research and to address the three overarching research questions outlined below. All research will be supported by 4 core Crosscutting (CC) themes:

  1. CC1 – Knowledge Mobilization (K-MOB)
  2. CC2 – Commercialization and Technology Transfer (TECH-TRANS)
  3. CC3 – Transdisciplinary Working (T-WORK)
  4. CC4 – Training and Mentorship (TRAIN)


Core Research Program

What are the needs of older adults and caregivers and how could technology be used to meet those needs?

Workpackage 1 (WP1) – Understanding the Needs of Older Adults (NEEDS-OA)
Workpackage 2 (WP2) – Understanding the Needs of Caregivers (NEEDS-CG)

What technology-based systems and services should be used to enhance the health, well-being of older adults and support independent living?

Workpackage 3 (WP3) – Technology for Supporting Functional Autonomy and Independence (TECH-FAI)
Workpackage 4 (WP4) – Technology for Active Participation in Society (TECH-APS)
Workpackage 5 (WP5) – Technology for Prevention and Reduction of Disease and Disability (TECH-DD)
Workpackage 6 (WP6) – Technology for Maintaining Good Mental and Cognitive Health (TECH-MCH)

How can innovation be fostered in the short and long-term to benefit older people, health care providers and Canadian Industry?

Workpackage 7 (WP7) – Health Systems, Practice, Policy, and Regulatory Issues (POLICY-TECH)
Workpackage 8 (WP8) – Ethical, Cultural, and Social Aspects of Technology (ETHICS-TECH)

AGE-WELL is also supported by two Core Facilities which provide research expertise and support across the Network:

The iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research (Toronto Rehab – UHN)
The IRMACS Centre (Simon Fraser University)