“Our new AIR program is focused on implementing and scaling AgeTech’s validated innovations in different settings,” said Dr. Alex MihailidisScientific Director and CEO of AGE-WELL, from Canada technology and aging network. “This program is central to AGE-WELL’s mission to accelerate the delivery of technology solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.”
The nine projects are led by 10 researchers based in Canadian universities and research centres. Project teams include 30 partners from industry, government, community and other partners. AGE-WELL invests $445,000 in these one-year projects, partner contributions (cash and in-kind) bringing the total investment to more than $800,000.
The benefits will be widely felt. Long-term care homes, seniors’ residences, Aboriginal health clinics and private residences are some of the settings in which the innovations will be implemented. Innovations include technologies, services, policies and practices.
A project will develop a virtual reality training program to improve vision in the elderly. Another involves a device that engages residents of long-term care facilities in physical and cognitive exercise. In the north British Columbiaa team will assess the effects of implementing AgeTech to support residents and staff at a new dementia care facility.
Read the full list of AIR program projects here.
“Partner contributions to these projects are significant and underscore the commitment and commitment of partners from various sectors, including nine implementation sites,” said Dr. Mihailidis. “This collaborative approach is the strength of the AIR program. It is key to overcoming implementation barriers and getting AgeTech products into people’s hands.”
Over the past seven years, AGE-WELL has served as a catalyst for technological innovation that enables older Canadians to lead healthy, independent and engaged lives, while driving from Canada AgeTech sector.
- Older people and caregivers have been involved in the grant review process and will be involved in every phase of the AIR projects.
- The projects align with the AGE-WELL Challenge Areas, which are designed to move the dial when it comes to supporting older people and caregivers in Canada – and have a social and economic impact.
- Of the 10 project leaders receiving funding from the AIR programme, eight are new to the AGE-WELL network.
- Nine of the 30 project partners are new to AGE-WELL.
AGE-WELL NCE Inc. is from Canada Technology and Aging Network. The pan-Canadian network brings together researchers, seniors, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. AGE-WELL researchers produce technologies, services, policies and practices that improve the quality of life of older adults and caregivers, and generate social and economic benefits for Canada. AGE-WELL is funded by the federal Networks of Centers of Excellence program. https://agewell-nce.ca/
SOURCE AGE-WELL Network of Centers of Excellence (NCE)
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