Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute
Simon Fraser University's STAR Institute and 411 Seniors Centre Society have partnered since 2018 on community-embedded projects, initiatives, and impact case studies, to promote healthy and active aging in an increasingly digital world. Learn more by reviewing the partnership infographic above. Learn about our approach and commitment to community-based participatory action research HERE.
Simon Fraser University's STAR Institute has produced a new report titled AgeTech, Ethics and Equity: Towards a Cultural Shift in AgeTech Ethical Responsibility. STAR received funding from AGE-WELL's Catalyst Funding Program in Healthy Aging (see funding announcement news release here) in 2023 to carry out a project on ethical design and practices in AgeTech research. The report was developed following the project's first three international workshops. Four national workshops are taking place between October 2023 to Spring 2024. Learn more here.
Simon Fraser University's STAR Institute has produced a new research brief titled The Future of AgeTech - Achievements and Future Directions in Technology to Support the Health, Independence and Participation of Older Adults. The research brief provides an overview of AgeTech, where the sector is headed and the ways in which SFU STAR Institute has had a major impact in the field of technology and aging. We look back over the last seven years, highlighting our key activities and initiatives, and introduce the institute's exciting future directions.
AgeTech Events and Opportunities
AGE-WELL & APPTA Policy Rounds: Using Geographic Data for Policy Planning and Program Development in Canadian Communities Facing Accelerated Aging
February 21, 2024
ELEVATE EDI WEBINAR SERIES: Implementing Sex and Gender Considerations into Health Research Funding Policy – What are we learning?
February 22, 2024
AGE-WELL & APPTA Policy Rounds: Wheelchair skills assessment and training: from research evidence to clinical practice
February 28, 2024
AGE-WELL Webinar: Advancing your ECR research goals via Interdisciplinary Collaboration
February 29, 2024
ELEVATE EDI Webinar Series: Storytelling and Friendships: Telling Tales about New and Creative Anticolonial Research Methods
March 7, 2024
AGE-WELL and EPIC-AT present: Fostering Cultural Safety in Health Research: Insights from Indigenous Elders and Allied Settler Researchers
March 12, 2024
AGE-WELL & APPTA Policy Rounds: Accessible and effortless monitoring of chronic respiratory diseases in older adults: A data-driven approach for timely interventions
March 27, 2024
SFU STAR Institute ICE-TEA Project Workshops with older adult participants
March/April 2024 - Exact Dates Forthcoming
British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference 2024
July 3-5, 2024
Gerontological Society of America
November 13-16, 2024
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STAR Institute News Highlights
LEADS - A Community-Based Partnership
STAR and 411 Seniors Centre Society have partnered on countless projects and activities since 2018 with the partnership officially being named LEADS: Learning, Equity, Aging, Digital for Seniors in 2021. Learn about how STAR has and continues to support 411.
CBC Interview with SFU STAR Institute Director on Equity Barriers
STAR Director Dr. Sixsmith was interviewed for CBC's BC Today show to discuss equity barriers around older adults use of technology. Watch the interview today.
Current Major SFU STAR Institute Projects
Learn about STAR's current projects at the following links:
1) Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness Challenge Area project - SFU STAR & AGE-WELL
2) ICE-TeA Ethics & AgeTech project - SFU STAR & AGE-WELL
3) Better Connected project - SFU STAR & 411 Seniors Centre Society
4) IncludeAge project - SFU STAR & University of Dundee
AgeTech Innovation Week 2023 Survey
If you attended ATIW 2023, AGE-WELL would be grateful if you would provide feedback on your experience. To complete the evaluation survey, please click HERE. The survey will close on December 1, 2023.
AgeTech Innovation Week 2023
AgeTech Innovation Week, hosted by AGE-WELL and supported by SFU STAR Institute, took place in October 2023 in Toronto. Learn more about this premier event and STAR's involvement.
IFA Global Café - In Conversation with Dr. Andrew Sixsmith
SFU STAR Institute Director Dr. Andrew Sixsmith took part in the International Federation on Ageing's (IFA) Global Café, presenting on "The Future of AgeTech."
AGE-WELL/STAR Institute Webinar: Global Issues in AgeTech
STAR Director Andrew Sixsmith and STAR postdoctoral student Becky White led an interactive discussion on some of the key challenges and opportunities to develop socially just and appropriate technologies to support the well-being of older people worldwide. Watch the webinar today.
New SFU STAR Institute Research Brief: The Future of AgeTech
Check out our new research brief on the AgeTech sector, SFU STAR Institute's impact in the field of technology and aging over the last seven years and our exciting future directions!
Aging-in-Place at the End-of-Life - UK and Canada Project
STAR teamed up with a UK based team at the University of Dundee, Scotland on a project on Aging-in-Place at the End-of-Life in Community and Residential Care Contexts in the UK and Canada. Learn more about the project.