AGE-WELL: keeping older adults home longer

Toronto Rehab is host institution of the newly launched AGE-WELL, the first Canadian network of researchers, community stakeholders and industry partners that will develop and commercialize new technology to keep older adults in their homes safely and longer.

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Senior) officially announced $36.6 million in funding for AGE-WELL over five years as part of the federal government's Networks of Centres of Excellence program.

Aging Gracefully across Environments using technology to support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL) is led by joint scientific directors Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab; and Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. Dr. Mihailidis (in photo) is holder of the Barbara G. Stymiest Chair in Rehabilitation Technology Research.

"Research has shown that older adults wish to remain in their own homes and that it is better for their quality of life," said Dr. Mihailidis. "We need new tools, devices and solutions in the marketplace that will help do so. AGE-WELL is a cohesive approach to do that."

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Toronto Rehab offers AGE-WELL scientists access to the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research facilities—the only one of its kind – offering a prototyping workshop and simulated environments such as Hom​​​​eLab that is already used by Dr. Mihailidis and his team to work on advanced technologies such as smart sensors, mobile communications and robotics to help people age at home.

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Media coverage in the Vancouver Sun on January 22, 2015