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Technology for Aging

AGE-WELL: Rural/Remote Indigenous Technology needs Exploration

Rural/Remote Indigenous Technology needs Exploration (RRITE) is funded by AGEWELL NCE Inc. The RRITE team seeks to explore the use of technology in aging in rural/remote and Indigenous populations across regions of Saskatchewan and Ontario. Understanding user needs is fundamental to development of technology that individuals will try and continue to use. The user needs of two specific Canadian populations, older adults who reside in rural or remote areas and Indigenous older adults, will be explored in an attempt to increase accessibility of the technologies developed in AGE-WELL.


Drs. Kristen Jacklin and Wayne Warry will lead the Indigenous research component in Ontario, exploring the following questions:


  1. What are the health care technology user needs of older Indigenous adults? 

  2. What are the training related needs to facilitate the inclusion of aging technology in health care for older Indigenous adults with cognitive degeneration living in rural and remote locations?

  3. What is the relevance of technologies being developed and  proposed by the National Centre of Excellence known as “AGE-WELL” to older Indigenous adults with cognitive neurodegeneration? 

  4. Are technology assisted health care and supportive devices cultural relevant, safe, and acceptable to Indigenous people with age-related cognitive decline, family caregivers and health care workers?  


We will answer these questions using two research methods:


  1. Interviews with older Indigenous adults, and;

  2. Focus groups with older Indigenous adults.


This research project will take place with the First Nations communities of Manitoulin Island and will be complete by April of 2018.  In addition to producing scholarly publications, we will present our findings to participating communities through presentations to the health committee and/or Chief and Council (where applicable), annual reports, and community newsletters.



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