Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation announce $400K to support New Brunswick-based innovations in seniors’ care

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Fredericton, NB – June 17, 2019 – The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest, and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) have announced the recipients of the second round of funding from the Seniors’ Care Strategic Innovation Fund (SCSIF) – a program aimed at accelerating the evaluation and adoption of innovations in seniors’ care in New Brunswick (NB).  In total, more than $400,000 in joint support will be offered to test and validate the innovations in a real-world setting.

Among the successful projects are:

Feasibility and Usability of the WellAssist™ Solution by Routinify for Self-care and Caregiving, which monitors the safety and well-being of seniors and provides for an environment of Adaptive Routines™.

Examining the Efficiency and Impact of Centivizer Activation Units in A New Brunswick Long-Term Care Setting, a system that provides stimulating and rewarding activities that incorporate physical and cognitive functions that can be tailored to the interests and abilities of an aging person.

Use of Ambient Activity Technology in Nursing Homes for Residents with Dementia: ABBY is a non-pharmaceutical, activity-based intervention utilizing person-centered care principles, focusing on the needs, hobbies and abilities of the individual to manage responsive behaviours in people living with dementia.

3D and Virtual Reality Experiences to Improve Cognitive Health and Life Enhancement for the Elderly, which offers 3Scape System’s proprietary therapeutic 3D films and VR immersive experience programs targeted to residents of long-term care facilities.

“New Brunswick has the fastest-growing rate of adults over the age of 65 in Canada.  Working with innovators and researchers through the Seniors’ Care Strategic Innovation Fund, CABHI and NBHRF will be able to help these innovators test and validate their solutions more quickly and efficiently, so that they can reach and improve care for older adults,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director at CABHI and Vice-President, Research at Baycrest.

“These research projects make a direct impact on the care of our seniors who are no longer living in their own home.   There will also be impact on the health care service delivery system resulting from these pilots. The NBHRF is proud to partner with CABHI to bring solutions from point-of-care workers who are directly involved with patients, caregivers and families — to the forefront of innovation,” says Leah Carr, Interim CEO, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.

Solutions will be tested and validated in New Brunswick by innovator and/or clinician teams.

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