Launched in 2017 with a single goal in mind, the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub APPTA is putting innovative aging and technology research into the hands of the people who can use it. We know that it takes on average 17 years for research to be translated into action. By bringing together a diverse and dynamic team of young professionals to support an integrated network in research, policy, and innovation, APPTA aims to bridge that gap and mobilize aging and technology research in ways that can improve the lives of older Canadians.

Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging


AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub APPTA hosts Knowledge Exchange Meeting

APPTA hosted a Knowledge Exchange Meeting on October 23rd, concurrently with the AGE-WELL Conference 2019. This meeting focused on our caregiver priority, where a system mapping exercise was completed to understand the policy landscape. The maps will contribute to a needs assessment currently being developed by APPTA for caregivers across Canada and inform the development […]


APPTA hosted its first ever Policy Innovation Lab

APPTA hosted its first ever Policy Innovation Lab in early October. Modeled off of the social innovation lab approach, APPTA’s Policy Innovation Lab aimed to disrupt the “business as usual” problem-solving methods by exploring new processes for developing public policy solutions that enhance the lives of older adults. The objective of the Policy Innovation Lab […]


Smart Technologies in the Home: A New Strategy for Seniors with Severe Mental Illness

Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, RN PhD; & Jonathan Serrato, MSc


Can an Application Augment and Enhance Rehabilitation with Jonathan Rose and Nirtal Shah

Introduction Dr. Jonathan Rose, Professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering at the University of Toronto and Nirtal Shah, Physiotherapist at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto join the show to talk about their current research project and marketed applications on the use of mobile apps in […]


Reminiscence Therapy for People Living with Dementia using Virtual Reality

Introduction Dr. Linda Duffett-Leger is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary and a user experience designer. She comes on the show today to talk about her current research project on the use of virtual reality in reminiscence therapy. We’re all aging, and everyone’s talking about it! Key Takeaways […]


A Polypharmacy application to Improve Health Outcomes in Older Adults.

Carole Goodine, BScPharm, ACPR, Pharm D