Worldwide Disruptions in Brain Health Innovation

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CABHI’s Community of Innovation podcast continues in our series of episodes featuring conversations from the CABHI Summit 2023. This episode features a first-hand telling of disruptions in brain health innovation occurring in Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, and Canada.

Our hosts Drs. Allison Sekuler and Rosanne Aleong kick off this insightful discussion by a global panel of experts: Faith Malach, (Executive Director, Care Transformation and Innovation, Baycrest, Canada), Keren Etkin (publisher of TheGerontechnologist, Israel), Yasuko Akutsu (Associate Professor, Patient Support Department, Chiba University Hospital, Japan), and Mide Seyi-Ajayi (Executive Director, Baycrest Health Sciences, Canada).


Key Highlights

Dr. Allison Sekuler: “[Our panel] showed that no matter where you live in the world, we share a lot. There are a lot of commonalities – probably more than differences. People all want the same kind of thing for their loved ones and for themselves if they’re living with dementia or at risk of dementia. You might have to implement things in slightly different ways, but at our core, there’s commonality in humanity… Working together, we can achieve so much more.”

Dr. Rosanne Aleong: “Many of our panelists spoke about the role technology is going to play in the aging of the future. They make a key distinction in that, yes, technology needs to be integrated and accessible – but they emphasize technology needs to be in service of the experience of the person aging, their family, and their healthcare providers. It’s not technology for technology’s sake.”


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Faith Malach is currently the Executive Director of Care Innovations and Transformation at Baycrest. For the past three years, Faith has led the co-development, launch and evaluation of Possibilities by Baycrest™, a new care model for individuals living with dementia. Faith completed her Masters degree in Health Science and Health Administration (MHSc) and a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) both at the University of Toronto and has held several senior leadership roles impacting and transforming the care for older adults over the span of her 25 years in health care.

Keren Etkin is the author of The Age Tech Revolution – a book about the intersection of technology and aging, and the creator of, a media platform that covers the global age tech ecosystem and offers online courses through the Age Tech Academy. Named one of the most influential people in aging, Keren is a sought-after public speaker and advisor for age tech startups, investors in the longevity economy, care providers and organizations who work on innovation in aging.

Yasuko Akutsu studied regional planning at the Graduate School of Environmental Science, Master of Science, University of Tsukuba, and joined GK Industrial Design Laboratory, a product design firm. In 2012, Yasuko established MT Healthcare Design Research Inc as an independent design research firm for the healthcare field, and has since become a Tokyo Ambassador of the Aging 2.0 Tokyo chapter, expanding her knowledge of healthcare technology and geriatric technology. She is an Associate Professor at Chiba University Hospital since 2019, and produces a reskilling course at Chiba University Hospital, which includes Medical Innovations and the Care DX Human Resources Program.

Mide Seyi-Ajayi is a healthcare leader with more than 14 years of expertise in the healthcare industry and a proven track record of success in service excellence, process improvement, and continuous quality improvement. Mide started his nursing career in the acute care sector, gaining valuable experience in different clinical areas in roles ranging from direct nursing care to team lead. In recent years, he has worked in management roles in retirement and long-term care within the non profit and for profit areas. Mide holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, and MBA in International Healthcare Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.


About the Podcast

CABHI’s Community of Innovation podcast is where topics on ingenuity, aging and brain health collide. Join us as we talk to experts in healthcare, research, technology and business, as well as older adults and their caregivers, about the innovative practices and healthtech solutions helping us all lead longer, healthier lives.

Hosted by Dr. Allison Sekuler (President and Chief Scientist at CABHI) and Dr. Rosanne Aleong (Director of Research, Innovation, and Translation at CABHI).


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