Aging and Tech Publications and Resources

Scan below for resources and publications produced by the SFU STAR Institute and others in the field of aging and technology…

STAR Institute Publications

SFU STAR - 411 Seniors Centre Society Report: Information and Referral Services for Seniors in BC
This BC based report explores existing barriers that community-based service-providers face in the provision of I&R services and existing challenges that older adults and caregivers face in accessing these services.

SFU STAR Book Chapter: In Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience
This book takes a unique look at health promotion and aging in Canada. SFU STAR Director Andrew Sixsmith contributed a chapter on AgeTech: Technology-Based Solutions for Aging Societies.

SFU STAR Project Report: Doing Transdisciplinarity: Promising Practices in Aging and Technology Research and Development
This report was carried out by the AGE-WELL Crosscutting Activity 3 (Transdisciplinary Working) group at SFU STAR Institute and explored promising practices in aging and technology research and development. 

SFU STAR Digital Booklet: Key Issues in Aging in the 21st Century
This booklet outlines 18 key issues for research, innovation and technology that will have real-world benefits for older adults, the economy and policy-makers.

SFU STAR Project Report: Guidelines for En Masse Interinstitutional Relocations of Long-term Care Homes
This report explored best protocols for supporting resident and team member well-being and provided guidelines for interinstitutional relocations of long-term care homes. 

SFU STAR Journal Article: Digital Interventions for Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults 
This article, published in the Lancet Health Longevity journal, was co-written by SFU Director Andrew Sixsmith and is a systemic review of randomised controlled trails. 

STAR Institute Supported Publications

Healthcare Management Forum Special Issue: Aging, Technology and Health in a Post-COVID World
AGE-WELL and the Canadian College of Health Leaders teamed up to produce a special themed issue of the journal Healthcare Management Forum. SFU STAR Director was a guest editor and SFU STAR managed the project. 

AGE-WELL Environics: Older People’s Use of Digital Technology During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This paper is a result of AGE-WELL's commissioned surveys by Environics in 2019 and 2020 which collected data from 1923 seniors on technology use and how COVID-19 impacted tech use. 

AGE-WELL Environics: Demographic and Psychographic Factors of Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Importance of Technology Confidence
This paper is a result of AGE-WELL's commissioned surveys by Environics in 2019 and 2020 which collected data from 1923 seniors on technology use and how COVID-19 impacted tech use. 

AGE-WELL White Paper: Techology and Aging at Home: The Future of Aging in Place
AGE-WELL brought together a working group of members of industry to provide their perspectives on the future of aging in place.

AGE-WELL AgeTech Series: Autonomy and Independence: Aging in an Era of Technology
This book examines the concepts of autonomy and independence in older adults or persons preparing for older adulthood.

AGE-WELL AgeTech Series: AgeTech, Cognitive Health, and Dementia
This book explores how AgeTech can contribute to healthy cognitive aging and support independence of people with dementia and challenges that need resolving if tech-based products and services are to fulfill their potential.

AGE-WELL Report: Living under COVID-19 Restrictions: The Experiences of Older Adults and Caregivers
Members of AGE-WELL's Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee created personas and scenarios to illustrate the experiences of seniors living under COVID-19 across eight key Challenge Areas. 

UBC-411-STAR Policy Brief: Why Do Some Older Adults Have Less Access to Information and Community Technology? Causes and Policy Recommendations
This policy brief explores why some older adults have challenges accessing ICT and provide three policy recommendations for the Canadian government to consider. 

AFLE Project Final Report: Intergenerational and Age-Friendly Living Ecosystems
Over the course of six virtual co-creation camps in 2020, the Intergenerational and Age-Friendly Living Ecosystem project, supported by STAR, co-created research, policy, and practice solutions toward developing an age-friendly ecosystem.

Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities: Bridging the Divide
This project brought together students and staff from Scottish Universities with community organizations to look at how we can work towards improving the health and wellbeing of Scottish people and older adults.

AGE-WELL Infographic: AGE-WELL Challenge Areas
Eight Challenge Areas drive AGE-WELL’s research and innovation agenda and its overall strategic direction in 2020-2023. See AGE-WELL Challenge Area infographic above and learn more here

AGE-WELL Book: Knowledge, Innovation, and Impact: A Guide for the Engaged Health Researcher
This book aims to provide researchers with a straightforward and accessible guide on how to carry out research by combining both good science with real-world impact. 

AGE-WELL Booklet: The Future of Technology and Aging Research in Canada
Building on its successes to date, AGE-WELL has launched a major renewal initiative that will set the research agenda in the technology and aging field in Canada from 2020-2025.

AGE-WELL Article: COVID-19, Social Isolation and Technology Confidence
This article, co-written by SFU STAR, looks at demographic and psychographic factors of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of technology confidence.

Other AgeTech Publications in the Field

Quality in Aging and Older Adults Special Issue: Older People and COVID-19
This special issue explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of life of older adults.

Resilience and Aging: Emerging Science and Future Possibilities
Older aged adults face many adversities over the later life course. This edited volume will address the ways in which seniors bounce back from different types and combinations of adversity – termed “resilience”. 

Bipolar Affective Disorder and Older Adults (BADAS) Study
This article provides an ecological momentary assessment of mood and movement with bipolar disorder over time.

Centre for Ageing Better Report: Reframing Aging
This report explores public perceptions of ageing, older age and demographic change.

Our Place, Our Space: Resident Stories and Place Priorities
This research explored housing transitions of older adults who were relocated from a 2-story low rental housing accommodation, Kiwanis Court, in the City of Richmond, into, two 16-storey Kiwanis Tower Condos, on the same land. 

Optimal Aging Across the Life Course: The Purpose of Longer Lives
The Gerontological Society of America report

Collaboration Café: Co-creating Solutions with Non-Profit Housing Providers
This SFU Gerontology Research Centre report was produced following a collaboration cafe that explored the housing transitions, design, and sustainability of a seniors’ affordable housing redevelopment project. 

History of Telemedicine in the UK
This fourth edition of the series "A Century of Telemedicine" covers an overview of telemedicine and eHealth initiatives and developments in Armenia, Côte D’Ivoire, Pakistan, Tunisia and United Kingdom.

The Impact of AAL in the Netherlands: Co-creation and commercialization of ICT solutions for older adults
This report explores the need for ICT solutions for older adults and the power of co-creating those solutions

Do Lifestyle Activities Protect Against Cognitive Decline in Aging? A Review
This article reviews the potential for basic lifestyle activities, including physical exercise, meditation and musical experience, to contribute to reserve capacity and thus reduce the incidence of dementia in older adults.

A protocol for co-creating research project lay summaries with stakeholders: Guideline development for AGE-WELL network
Funding bodies increasingly require researchers to write lay summaries to communicate projects’ real-world relevance to the public in an accessible way. This project's primary objective was to develop guidelines to co-create lay summaries of research projects with stakeholders.

Aging 2.0 Report: 21 Days, 21 Stories
Aging 2.0 began there 2021 year by sharing stories of inspiration, impact and innovation from around the world, including projects worldwide that improve the lives of older adults.

NEIGHBOURHOODS OF THE FUTURE: Better Homes for Older Adults - Improving Health, Care, Design and Technology
A white paper from the Agile Ageing Alliance, a campaigning social business connecting digital innovators in an ageing society. 

‘I wouldn't choose this work again’: Perspectives and experiences of care aides in long-term residential care
To provide insight into the everyday realities facing care aides working in long-term residential care (LTRC), and how they perceive their role in society. 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Book: A Better Life: Valuing Our Later Years
This book presents a vision for what life can be, and should be like, for all of us as we get older. 

Aging Well @ Home 
This SFU Gerontology Research Centre report documents the transitions and opportunities of a seniors’ affordable housing redevelopment project in Richmond, BC, Kiwanis Towers and provides an implementation and sustainability plan. 

Human Participants Research Safety Plan
A process for developing and submitting an in-person Human Participants Research (HPR) Safety Plan to conduct certain field-based research activities via SFU Office of Research Ethics has been created. Health and safety guidelines will be ensured for field-work activities such as 1:1 interviews in appropriate space or small focus-group with required social distancing in place.

Healthy Aging by United Way Report
The report showcases United Way's efforts to keep older British Columbian's active, engaged, and connected through local, regional and provincial programming and services. 

Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care - A Way Forward
This AARC report demonstrates that urgent systemic and structural changes is required in Long-Term Care in British Columbia.

A Knowledge Synthesis of Culturally and Spiritually Sensitive End-of-Life Care: Findings from a Scoping Review
This paper explores the multiple factors that influence the end-of-life (EoL) care and experience of poor quality services by culturally and spiritually-diverse groups

Perceptions of Home in Long-Term Care Settings: Before and After Institutional Relocation
This qualitative study was conducted over a two-year period during the relocation of residents and staff from an institutional LTC home to a purpose-built LTC home in Western Canada.

'I am a busy independent woman who has sense of humor, caring about others' - Older Adults' Self-Representation on Online Dating Profiles 
Older adults (age 60+) are increasingly turning to online dating sites to find potential romantic and sexual partners. This paper explores dating profiles posted by Canadian heterosexual older adults who self-identified as Asian, Black, Caucasian or Native American. 

The National Seniors Council: Who's At Risk and What Can We Do About It?
A review of the literature on the social isolation of different groups of older adults

Other AgeTech Resources

YouAreUNLTD Magazine
This publishing brand is designed to disrupt and redefine what it means to get older providing Canadians with a fresh voice and the resources they want to age with vitality. Interview with Co-Director Andrew Sixsmith on p. 50 of third issue. 

411 Seniors Centre Society - Resource Directory
This directory includes critical and trustworthy information on resources and services for older adults within British Columbia. 

Accessibility Guidelines for PowerPoint Presentations
This guide, produced by the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University, provides best practice on making a presentation on research and project findings accessible to all. 

The Conversation
Curated by professional editors, The Conversation offers informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. The Conversation is a not-for-profit trusted media outlet that uses content sourced from academics and researchers.

411 Seniors Centre Society - Information and Referral Program
This program helps connect older adults in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with the programs, services and resources they require. 411 Seniors' volunteers are retirees who have knowledge and experience with system navigation (both in-person and online systems).  

Seniors Come Share Society - Resource Directory
This directory includes businesses and services available for older adults and their families living in Surrey and White Rock.