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The future of Aging: Smart Technologies event

Published: July 15, 2019
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For many older adults, advancements in technology can allow them to live more independently and longer in their places of choice.

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is partnering with the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences and Science for a full day of exploring new research and smart technologies that can change the future of aging.

This interactive research showcase will be held on Wednesday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University (1280 Main Street West). The event will feature research snapshot presentations, a poster and exhibit hall, a keynote speaker, and tours of leading McMaster facilities, including LIVELab, PACE and Westdale Smart Home.

"The challenges faced by our aging population may be met with technological solutions, but their development, evaluation and implementation will call for interdisciplinary collaboration and stakeholder engagement," said Parminder Raina, Scientific Director for MIRA. "MIRA is pleased to support this event that encourages interdisciplinary research at McMaster to drive innovation in aging."

"At McMaster, research into all aspects of aging is a priority that benefits from our culture of interdisciplinary collaboration," Jonathan Bramson, vice-dean, research, Faculty of Health Sciences. "Developing technologies to ease the impact of aging and facilitate independent living requires interdisciplinary teams and will have a significant beneficial impact on society.  This will be a productive day for everyone involved."

"McMaster Engineering has embraced the opportunity to collaborate with research partners across the University to use the latest technologies to offer innovative solutions to improve the quality of life of older adults," said John Preston, associate dean, research & external relations, Faculty of Engineering. "We look forward to working with our community partners on this important initiative."

"Researchers in our Physical Activity Centre of Excellence have earned national and international recognition for their work in improving the health and well-being of older adults. Working with colleagues from across McMaster and with industry and community partners, the Faculty of Science is committed to rethinking and reimagining optimal aging," Maureen MacDonald, dean, Faculty of Science. "Together, we are creating innovative and practical solutions to meet the current and future needs of our aging population."

Over the course of the day, McMaster faculty members and trainees from all Faculties will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with industry and community partners. Guests are invited to present a poster, demo or promotional materials at the poster exhibit to showcase how their research group, organization or company is exploring the future of aging with smart technologies.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
L.R. Wilson Hall @ McMaster University
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

9:00 - 9:30 


Registration and breakfast
L.R. Wilson Hall Atrium

9:30 - 11:00


Welcome, research snapshot presentations:

  • Laurel Trainor: TBD
  • Angelica McQuarry: The Best Lifestyle for Successful Aging: PACE Yourself
  • Cheryl Quenneville: Engineering ways to prevent broken bones in older adults
  • Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitas: Implementation and Evaluation of a Web-Based App to Support an Integrated Transitional Care Intervention for Older Adults with Stroke and Multimorbidity
  • Jim Dunn: TBD
  • Qiyin Fang: Intelligent sensors in a smart home
  • Rong Zheng: TBD
  • John Connolly: Objective Cognitive Health Assessment - Advances for Superior Care across the Life Span
  • Brenda Vrkljan: MacM3: Monitoring My Mobility
  • Janie Wilson: Innovations in Mobility and Biomechanics with Total Knee Replacement
  • Lotfi Belkhir and Wael Brahim: Inconspicuous Breathing Monitoring: a crucial diagnostics tool for many ills
  • Nour El Shamy: TBD

L.R. Wilson Hall Auditorium

11:00 - 12:30


Poster exhibit, refreshments, networking & collaboration session
L.R. Wilson Hall Atrium

11:30  - 12-30


Tours of facilities (FULL)

  • LiveLAB
  • PACE
  • Westdale Smart Home

12:30 - 1:30


Lunch & Learn: Keynote speaker (TBD)
L.R. Wilson Hall Auditorium

1:30  - End


Poster exhibits, networking & collaboration session
L.R. Wilson Hall Atrium

2:00 - 2:30


Tours of facilities (FULL)

  • PACE
  • Westdale Smart Home
For more information and to register online, click here.


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