Heart of Life Sciences | Ottawa Tourism

Heart of Life Sciences | Ottawa Tourism


There is no way that we can continue to care
for the aging population the way we are now. There’s just no way
we can double our output, so we have to find
alternate ways of managing this, and technology is the obvious answer. I went to my engineering friends
and I said, “Hey, what about this?” And I soon became introduced
to Dr. Rafik Goubran who at the time
was the Dean of Engineering at Carleton. He was totally all over this. We’re doing things with sensing
so we can measure wellbeing and wellness and issues with mobility changes or cognition, all kinds of things you can see
in the data about the physical wellbeing. We’re also using a lot of smart home technology
to support the people that are aging in places so that if something is changing,
they get the support they need. We really have some great alignment
that allows for the universities, the teaching hospitals,
as well as corporations in all different sectors to collaborate, to put leading-edge work on the world stage. We have a specialty-care hospital
like Bruyere that does elder care, plus we have high tech, right? We have a city that is very rich in technology. We’re looking to support older adults
as they lose their mobility, as they lose their thinking ability, their memory. We want them to be able
to stay as independent as possible, so we think of technology as an aid.

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