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August 2021

Community Connectors: Harnessing positive community energy to address social isolation and loneliness

August 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 2021—Social isolation and loneliness among older adults has been described as a global epidemic by the US Surgeon general prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may impact one’s health and has been said to cost $1644 USD per person yearly in health care dollars. Systems are slowly realizing the importance of addressing this issue. To further guide decision makers, three components can be considered when setting policies aimed at assisting community members and developing interventions: interventions should be adaptable…

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September 2021

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

September 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

September 2021—Although international, federal, and provincial / territorial laws protect the rights of people living with dementia to make their own decisions or participate in decision-making where they have capacity issues, people living with dementia are often excluded from making decisions about health care, money, and other every day issues that matter to them. This webinar will highlight key laws, identify barriers to participation in decision-making, and discuss the work of the Canadian Centre of Elder Law to support policy…

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November 2021

The tech-enabled home: guiding industry and innovators

November 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

November 2021—In 2020, AGE-WELL brought together a broad cross-section of industry leaders in technology and aging along with older adults and caregivers to form an Industry Advisory Group on the future of aging in place.  The first output of this working group was a whitepaper on the tech-enabled home.  You will hear about the conclusions and recommendations of the working group and how these could enable better solutions for aging in place in the future. Speaker: Michael Chrostowski, Business Development…

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February 2022

Policy Rounds: Advancing the Role of the Internet of Things in Public Health Research

February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Advancing the Role of the Internet of Things in Public Health Research Date: February 8, 2022 at 3:00pm AT/2:00pm ET Description: Dr. Plinio Morita will explore the role of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in informing public health research and will discuss how the siloed data ecosystems that we currently have around the world prevent data from having a major positive impact on public health practice. In this presentation, he will talk about the challenges in accessing and sharing IoT and AAL…

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Policy Rounds: Including older people from disadvantaged groups in research practice: A compensation series

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Including older people from disadvantaged groups in research practice: A compensation series  Date: February 22, 2022 at 2:00pm AT/1:00pm ET Description: Research practice often overlooks larger questions about meaningful participation, disadvantage, and vulnerability. One notable example is how standard and historical practices of not-compensating particular groups, or of restricting compensation as a form of control, can contribute to inequality and sustain harmful practices against older people from disadvantaged groups. Dr. Grenier will discuss and share a series developed by AGE-WELL’s…

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March 2022

Policy Rounds: CFN’s Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project: Study findings and potential applications

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CFN’s Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project: Study findings and potential applications Date: March 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm AT/1:00 pm ET Description: In July 2019, CFN launched the Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project. The FOCUS Project brought together frailty researchers, clinicians, and administrators, as well as older adults and caregivers from across the world to work toward consensus on a set of core outcomes and common data elements for frailty. This Policy Rounds session will highlight the results of this work as well…

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April 2022

AGE-WELL & APPTA policy Rounds: Community Based Digital Literacy – Meeting the Needs and Wants of Older Adults

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Tara La Rose, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, McMaster University Digital technology holds the potential to enhance accessibility, improve social mobility and foster connection.  For older adults, these positive potentials may be complicated by limited digital literacy and a lack of access to technologies.  Older adults require support to enhance access and attention to the diversity existing within Canada’s aging population. In this session we will discuss the preliminary findings from three studies, which suggest the importance of regional/context specific…

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June 2022

Policy Rounds Series: Personal Assistance Robots – Will they improve the lives of aging adults?

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Description: While robots have worked in factories for many years, they have yet to make an impact on our personal lives. The only exception is the over 10 million robotic vacuums, such as the Roomba, that are now helping people keep their homes clean. Are they only the beginning of a personal robot revolution? Based on large investments in robotics by companies such as Amazon, Toyota and Hyundai and the thousands of people developing robots all over the world, many…

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AGE-WELL & APPTA policy Rounds: The data scarcity problem in understanding older adult mobility

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Zheng Rong, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University Description: Despite the significant advance of AI in computer vision and natural language processing, developing wearable-based solutions to monitoring and characterizing older adult mobility still faces significant challenges due to the lack of quality data from older populations. In this talk, we first present a case study on in-hospital patients to illustrate the extent of the problem, and then discuss our current efforts toward mitigating the data scarcity problem and…

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July 2022

Policy Round Webinar – A digital health tool for integrated care: interRAI Check Up Self-report

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Northwood, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University Description: Older adults and caregivers face challenges with fragmentation in the health and social care systems. Digital health tools can provide older adults and care providers with information, thus improving communication and care delivery. The interRAI Check Up is a self-report tool that obtains a person’s perspective on their health and well-being. When shared across electronic health records, it lets older adults, caregivers, and health…

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