Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute
News Alert: We are excited to launch our Key Issues in Aging in the 21st Century digital booklet
In this booklet we outline 18 key issues for research, innovation and technology that will have real-world benefits for older adults, the economy and policy-makers. Our aim is to help people working in the field of aging to identify where we need innovation - new ideas, technologies, policies and practice - in order to make an impact in each of these areas. We have included examples from around the world of exciting initiatives that aim to address the issues and challenges we highlight.
To view the digital booklet: Click here to view the flipbook, click here for online spread version (low resolution) Click here for online single page version (low resolution) Click here for print version (high resolution)
Events and Opportunities
Call for Applications: TUTOR-PHC
December 2, 2019
The Digital Health Society Summit
December 11-12, 2019
RTO/ERO Foundation Call for Proposals - Understanding and Addressing Isolation and Loneliness in Family & Friend Caregivers of Seniors
Expressions of Interest: January 19, 2020
Deadlines for Proposal: April 6, 2020
ISG 12th World Conference of Gerontechnology
May 18-20, 2020
On June 5, the SFU STAR Institute visited 411 Seniors Centre Society in downtown Vancouver and Director Andrew Sixsmith was interview for 411's Powered by Age Podcast Series. Powered by Age is a unique podcast for seniors, by seniors, that tackles issues and topics pertinent to seniors in modern life, whilst also giving them a foothold in the world of technology and most importantly lets their voices be heard. To listen to the podcast series, click here.
AGE-WELL NCE held the regional finals for their National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition competition on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The top five finalists from the region were selected to compete for $15,000 cash plus in-kind prizes at the annual pitch competition. STAR Institute Director Andrew Sixsmith was interviewed in his capacity as co-Scientific Director of AGE-WELL.
The SFU ImageTech Lab advances translational brain and body research and focuses on advanced diagnostics and treatment monitoring in neurology and mental health, and many other healthcare areas. SFU Mechatronic Systems Engineering professor Dr. Carolyn Sparrey, who is the VP of Research and Training at AGE-WELL's Surrey-based National Innovation Hub, will become the SFU ImageTech Lab's interim scientific director starting September 2019. To learn more, click here.
The STAR Institute is organizing two lay summary writing workshops with 411 Seniors Centre Society over the summer, in which researchers will co-create lay summaries of their projects with members of 411. The first workshop is taking place on August 1, 2019 at 411 in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, click here.
The STAR Institute hosted a Knowledge Café at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver on February 5, 2019. This event was a half day workshop and was part of an ongoing cognitive health and dementia project funded in part by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Data from the workshop was collected to develop a Knowledge Café report. We are excited to share it with the aging and tech community. To view the report, click here.
AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Solutions for Healthy Aging
On June 5, the SFU STAR Institute visited 411 Seniors Centre Society in downtown Vancouver. 411 Seniors Centre Society is an inclusive organization boasting over 40 years of “seniors helping seniors.” They are at the forefront of advocating for this group in health, housing, income support programs such as Canada Pension and Old Age Security to name a few areas. To learn more about our visit, click here.