As the population in northern BC continues to age over the next 20 years, the health system will face substantial challenges with their existing capacity to meet future demands. Keeping the status quo will result in excess demands for long-term care facility and acute care services. Therefore, the time is now to think differently in how to support older persons to age with grace, remain independent for longer, and delay need for long-term care services. With advances in technology there are numerous products available to support older persons at all stages of health however, many of these innovative technologies are not accessible for those in northern and rural communities.
This presentation will highlight the new Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) initiative to address this gap in the uptake of technology through a partnership approach between the Northern Health Authority, UNBC, and AGE-WELL. CTAAN is a collaboration centre focused on ensuring the implementation and adoption of technology solutions to support older adults aging in rural and northern communities. Through interlinked projects, CTAAN provides a streamlined process for the uptake of technologies supporting adaptation, piloting, and implementation of existing and emerging technologies. CTAAN will measure the practical and theoretical impacts of enhanced accessibility, adoption, implementation and sustainable uptake of technology in northern BC and on older adult technology users in rural and northern communities.
Dr. Shannon Freeman is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the Chief Technology Officer for CTAAN.
Dr. Richard McAloney is the Director of the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) at UNBC and provides commercialization support for the AGE-WELL network.