Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong announced Jan. 19 that the Simon Fraser University co-led AGE-WELL research network launched in December 2014 will receive $36.6 million over five years as part of the federal government’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.
AGE-WELL (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life) was created to advance the health and wellbeing of older adults and drive aging research, innovation, and technology transfer across the country. It will also increase understanding about the needs and preferences of older adults and their caregivers, and provide solutions while addressing the ethical regulatory and other issues around the acceptance of new technologies.
Andrew Sixsmith from SFU and Alex Mihailidis from the University of Toronto are AGE-WELL’s joint scientific directors. Sixsmith is director of SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre and deputy director of the University’s IRMACS (Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences) centre. Mihailidis is the Barbara G. Stymiest Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute University Health Network (TRI-UHN) and the University of Toronto.