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


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


Socially Assistive Robotics and the Future of Aging, with Dr. Julie Robillard

Introduction Dr. Julie Robillard comes on the podcast to share the research she is currently doing on robots! With the support of AgeWell, Dr. Robillard’s team is leading the charge on cutting-edge robotics and their applications for aging adults; tune-in to hear what research is currently underway in the socially assistive robotics field. We’re all […]