AGE-WELL, one of our closest partners, are experts in connecting older adults with the technology they need to live independent and enriching lives. Here’s what the team had to say about this holiday season, and what’s next on the agetech agenda.
If you could make one holiday wish for older Canadians this year, what would it be, and why?
The AGE-WELL team wishes for older Canadians to have the opportunity to connect with the people that matter most to them this holiday season. Whether in person or online, quality time spent together is important and good for our physical and mental health.
Looking back on this year, what are some accomplishments you’re most proud of?
AGE-WELL is proud of hosting the first-ever AgeTech Innovation Week which was attended by more than 1,200 participants from across the globe. We are also thrilled to have the role of technology to enhance aging in place as a key priority on the agenda of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum.
Looking to the New Year, what’s next in your work to support seniors?
AGE-WELL is focusing on implementing the technology-based solutions developed by network members in our first 7 years. We want to ensure these solutions are delivered in the real world so they can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
What’s your favourite holiday memory?
The AGE-WELL team reminisces about our in-person holiday gatherings where we would have amazing food, talk about our holiday plans and play games around a digital fireplace – birch wood to be precise.
What’s the biggest misconception you wish would change about older people?
Older adults are not technophobic. In fact, most are unfazed by technology and they are using it a lot during the pandemic. Our polling data shows that 72% of Canadians aged 65 and over feel confident using current technology. Learn more.