Brain Health Screening Tool Being Tested in Waterloo Region

January 21st, 2019

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  • BrainFx, a new tool that screens people for mild cognitive impairment and offers practical strategies is being tested in the Waterloo Region area.

BrainFx will be used by four family health teams in Waterloo-Wellington and a home-care provider, while being studied by Wilfrid Laurier University researchers.

  • “Early diagnosis and intervention can help individual and their caregivers improve their quality of life,” said Josephine McMurray, assistant professor in business technology management/health studies at Laurier

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The Leading Innovators at the Front of Health Care Disruption

June 19th, 2018

  • By Kristian Partington

  • The health-care system as we know it today “is ripe for disruption,” says Dr. Josephine McMurray during her keynote address on the first morning of the 4th annual Innovation Summit hosted by Schlegel Villages and the Research Institute for Aging. She wastes little time discussing the demographic shift societies are facing, for the 200 people in the conference room at Kitchener’s Holiday Inn are well aware that people are living longer, having fewer children and baby boomers are entering their later years placing new strains on an already burdened system...

  • Continue reading about Josephine McMurray's keynote address here


AGE-WELL e-Digest: Network News

 May 1st, 2018

Vidyo Teleconferencing Services – DISCONTINUED

  • Due to low usage, AGE-WELL will no longer support Vidyo teleconferencing services effective May 1, 2018. Anyone with questions or concerns, please email ( FYI – the NMO now uses Zoom videoconferencing which has a great free service which groups may wish to explore.)

    This year we are delighted to announce a partnership with the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE). Authors of abstracts accepted by the AGE-WELL Conference are encouraged to submit a full paper to form part of a Special Collection in RATE. Further details can be found on the AGE-WELL Members Intranet here.

AGE-WELL e-Digest: Network News

April 19th, 2018

International Society for Gerontechnology’s Conference: Looking for HQP to assist with AGE-WELL Exhibit

  • Attention HQP: Are you attending the upcoming International Society for Gerontechnology’s Conference May 7-11th in St. Petersburg, Florida? Are you interested in showing off your network knowledge and experience as an HQP? We are looking for HQP attendees who would be willing to support our AGE-WELL booth in the Exhibit Hall. In exchange for a few hours of your time, the Network Management Office will offset some of your travel costs related to attending the conference. If you are interested, please contact Stephanie: by April 19th. Please include your availability restrictions at the event. Thanks in advance for your willingness to support AGE-WELL at this event!

  • Project Recruitment & Notices You are invited to participate in an AGE-WELL research study led by Dr. Virginie Cobigo. The goal of the study is to examine AGE-WELL members’ considerations toward privacy in the development and commercialization of technologies for persons with cognitive impairments. As part of the study, we have conducted a scan of Canadian privacy laws, and a list of information and training resources relevant to technology developers. You are invited to participate in a study and survey conducted by Jo-Louise Huq and Eleni Stroulia and funded by an AGE-WELL Forum Portal Development Grant. The main study investigates how expert-networks can be designed, and supported with technology to encourage a) connections and collaboration, b) networking, and c) building partnerships. This survey builds on preliminary interview findings that point to the importance of purposeful activities and interactions that happen in the network that support research, networking, and building partnerships. The survey includes closed-ended and open-ended questions. It should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete.

  • Please visit the AGE-WELL Intranet for further details on these recruitment notices




Laurier researchers to evaluate the impact of using artificial intelligence to detect earliest stages of Alzheimer’s

February 19th, 2018

  • Wilfrid Laurier University researchers are part of a health innovation team piloting a cutting-edge brain health assessment and risk management program that uses predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect Alzheimer’s at the earliest stages.

  • “Early detection and management of declining cognition and Alzheimer’s is important as it can slow or reverse the disease process and alleviate the burden on individuals, their families and the health system,” said McMurray.

  • Read the full article here