Digital Bowling Program Improves Wellbeing For Older Adults

A digital bowling game where participants mimic the motions of the popular sport is proving to be beneficial for people with dementia and physical impairments who attend adult day programs, according to new research supported by AGE-WELL, Canada's Technology and Aging Network. The motion-based technology can “provide meaningful engagement” for a wide range of participants in such programs where staff...

Canada’s Technology And Aging Network Unveils 24 Exciting Research Projects

The AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence is announcing a set of 24 research projects from across Canada that are poised to deliver real-world benefits for the aging population and their caregivers. Dr. Cosmin Munteanu (University of Toronto) will create interactive apps to reduce older adults’ social isolation. The projects are led by 50 researchers at 19 universities and research centres across...

Calling All Startups: AGE-WELL Challenges Aging And Technology Innovators To Compete For $15,000

AGE-WELL is launching its annual National Impact Challenge – with a twist. This year’s competition focuses on 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 start-ups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support entrepreneurship that focuses on healthy aging. Applicants from...

Canadian Veteran, 91, Embraces New Tech Platform To Connect With Family And Friends

Richard Ratcliffe, soon to be 91, has had his life transformed over the past three years thanks to Connections, an AGE-WELL-supported communications platform designed to prevent social isolation by keeping older adults in contact with family and friends. Life had become lonely for the war veteran and career naval officer because of profound hearing loss from “being a little too...

PostureCoach, A New Wearable Device, Has Caregivers’ Backs And Helps Prevent Injuries

Carolyn Sutherland, a busy Ottawa professional in her 50s, makes time to take a 90-year-old family friend to appointments and out for excursions. She enjoys their time together but is concerned that she doesn’t know the best way to transfer her friend from the chair to the walker, and in and out of the car, in a way that...

Study Examines How Technology Helps People Balance Careers And Caregiving

Three years ago, Tammy Smye* reached the breaking point. She’d spent years juggling two jobs while caring for her husband, whose chronic health issues left him unable to work. The emotional and physical exhaustion finally triggered a mental health crisis and she had to take a three-month leave from work. “Basically, I burnt myself out,” she says. Smye’s situation is not...

CAMH Study Examines Whether A Blood Test Could Guide Care for Those With Late-Life Depression

A blood test that measures the impact of aging on cells could help to guide care among older adults with depression. It could be used to identify those at higher risk of dementia and potentially other health issues that are common in those with late-life depression. The test, known as the SASP index – which stands for “senescence-associated secretory phenotype”...

5 Innovations To Prevent, Predict and Manage Pain

For 11 years, Sarah Graff walked with a cane to help ease the debilitating pain in her leg. No longer. Today she walks freely, swims and has returned to something she never expected to do in middle age, her passion as a youth – ice skating. Graff credits innovations in pain treatment for her new lease on life: “Medical...

The Cane Attraction: Walk With Confidence And Look Fashionable With The Latest Mobility Devices

The long-time mobility helper enjoys a fresh wave of fashionability, thanks to innovative designs For much of its history, the cane was meant to make a bold statement about one’s status or fashion sense. Ancient Egyptians from all social classes owned canes, but King Tut went to extremes, amassing 132 that were buried with him in his famous tomb. Meanwhile, King...

“Sophisticated Consumers” Shape Kobo Technology: CEO Michael Tamblyn

It’s widely assumed that young people and Millennials are the early adopters of new technology. But the conventional wisdom that they make or break new consumer tech doesn’t always hold. Sure, older adults may be sceptical about shiny new tech toys, but they’re keen to embrace innovation that fits into their lives and brings benefit to something they already...