The Aging in Place Challenge program will support a sustainable model for long-term care by shifting the focus toward preventive home and community-based care. The program's objectives will focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging. The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system.
About the program
Working with the best Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program will tackle 4 areas:
- Innovative living environments
- Injury prevention at home
- Cognitive monitoring and enablement
- Chronic health management
- Daily living support
- Mobility and transportation
- Social engagement
- Smart home standards
- National data standards
- Older adult health records
Collaborative projects will be defined under each focus area.
We invite researchers from the academic, public, not-for-profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations to express their interest in collaborating with the Program. We are currently seeking collaborators with research expertise in human mobility pattern analysis, cognitive aging models, remote usability testing, technology adoption, online safety, emergency resiliency, and project ideas contributing to one of the focus areas listed above. We are also developing a panel of experts by experience, and invite older adults and caregivers who wish to participate on the panel to submit their interest.
Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.
News and events
A number of workshops and other engagement activities to help scope research activities and define project plans will take place in 2020-21. Further details will be posted soon.
The Program team continues to work with stakeholders to refine the specific areas of focus. More information will be made available as this work progresses.
If you are interested in collaborating, making investments in this area, attending a workshop or engagement activity, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Amaya Arcelus
Program Director, Aging in Place Challenge Program