Sustaining Quality of Life for the Rapidly Increasing Aging Population

Award Month: 
March - April 2013

By 2031, more than nine million Canadians (25%) will be aged over 65, and as many as 45% of them will report some form of disability through physical or cognitive impairment, chronic disease or frailty. There is therefore a crucial need for innovative and economically sustainable approaches to meet the future social and health care needs of older people and provide services that promote independent living and positively enhance their quality of life. This project's interdisciplinary research team is uniquely qualified to address these challenges and integrates social and health sciences, engineering, computing science and applied maths, communications, policy studies, economics and business.

About Project Leader: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith

Dr. Andrew Sixsmith is a Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre at SFU. Dr. Sixsmith has been a member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee and has been the UK representative on the EU's COST-A5 Committee on Ageing and Technology. Since 2000 he has developed research and teaching links with numerous universities worldwide and commercial and government organizations.

Dr. Sixsmith's research has two main themes. Firstly, he has extensive research experience within the area of health and quality of life of older people and the role of health and social care services. Secondly, he has been particularly involved in the strategic development of research in the area of technology for independent living. Andrew has used gerontological knowledge, theories and methods to provide input into user centred design and development of community care technologies (telecare) to facilitate and deliver health and social care services for older and disabled people.

Much of Dr. Sixsmith's research has had an applied perspective, with a specific aim to transfer empirical results into policy and practice.

Dr. Sixsmith is a member of the IRMACS Management Committee and the MoCSSy Graduate Research and Training Program.