CH&E Seminar Series: Implementing SMART technologies to improve quality of life in continuing care settings

Topic

Implementing SMART technologies to improve quality of life in continuing care settings

 

Date & Time

Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

 

Presenters

Susan Kirkland, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology; Cross-appointment in Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University

 

Alisa Grigorovich, PhD, Assistant Scientist, KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network; Adjunct appointment in Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

 

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Meeting ID: 814 6158 1121

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Abstract

SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) technologies have the potential to improve the quality of life of older adults aging with and aging into disabilities by enhancing their independence, functioning and wellbeing. These technologies can range in complexity and functionality and include smartphones and tablets as well as more complex systems that involve artificial intelligence that enables the user to use their voice to make video calls, search the internet, and operate speakers, thermostats, and other devices. While SMART technologies are increasingly being adopted by older adults living in the community, little research has focused on their implementation within long-term care and home care settings. Current SMART technologies often lack long-term support or personalization and can be labor intensive and costly, which create barriers for their adoption. In care settings, they are rarely incorporated into care plans and organizational structures. In this project, we are exploring the feasibility, usability, sustainability, and scalability of SMART technologies for supporting the independence, autonomy, and well-being of older adults with complex conditions who are long term care and home care clients of Northwood in Halifax.  

 

Speaker Bios

Dr. Susan Kirkland is Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology; she holds a cross-appointed in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She was awarded the designation of University Research Professor (2018-2023) for her work in aging research. Dr. Kirkland is the principal investigator of a number of national and international studies on aging, including the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and the SMARTech project. Her research focuses on healthy aging, the interplay of factors influencing health and aging, frailty, and person-centred solutions to improve older adults’ autonomy and independence.

 

Dr. Alisa Grigorovich is an Assistant Scientist at KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network and Adjunct in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University. Her research explores health equity and stigma in care settings, with a focus on the implementation of intelligent technologies to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults and persons living with disabilities.

 

Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

FACULTY OF MEDICINE | Dalhousie University

Centre for Clinical Research, Room #420

5790 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

902.494.3860 | che@dal.ca | medicine.dal.ca/community-health

Categories

Faculty of Medicine, Lectures, Seminars, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Community Health and Epidemiology

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