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Aging in Place Challenge Program

From: National Research Council Canada

The Aging in Place Challenge program will support a sustainable model for long-term care by shifting the focus toward preventive home and community-based care.

The program’s objectives will focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging.

The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system.

About the program

Areas of focus
Working with the best Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program will tackle 4 areas:

– Innovative living environments
– Injury prevention at home

– Cognitive monitoring and enablement
– Chronic health management
– Daily living support

– Mobility and transportation
– Social engagement

– Smart home standards
– National data standards
– Older adult health records
– Collaborative projects will be defined under each focus area.

Getting involved
We invite researchers from the academic, public, not-for-profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations to express their interest in collaborating with the Program. We are currently seeking collaborators with research expertise in human mobility pattern analysis, cognitive aging models, remote usability testing, technology adoption, online safety, emergency resiliency, and project ideas contributing to one of the focus areas listed above. We are also developing a panel of experts by experience, and invite older adults and caregivers who wish to participate on the panel to submit their interest.

Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC’s National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.

A number of workshops and other engagement activities to help scope research activities and define project plans will take place in 2020-21. Further details will be posted soon.


Do you have mental health concern(s), use mental health services, and are living in a community where medical services are provided through the Interior Health Authority?

Our team is looking for 12 – 15 participants involving men and women. This will involve a 45 – 60 minutes interview.

If interested, please email:
Azmita Rai at:

Nelly Oelke at:


If you are willing to share your story through a phone interview, please contact:


The Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbc) Rural Site Visits project would like to learn about your community’s rural health innovations. If you have an adaptation, idea, project or initiative that you think would be great to share with other BC rural communities, please consider submitting them for inclusion to our new Innovations Inventory.

Our story about the benefits of sharing successes and challenges through the innovations inventory is available here:

The site features an inventory of health care innovations collected by the Rural Site Visits project team during visits to rural communities.
To access, click on:
Below is a small sample of the innovations you can find on the website:
– subsidized bus service
– team based care using technology to increase patient access
– single referral Electronic Medical Records for community services
– Indigenous care aides take on role in community
– Travel Assistance Program (TAP) funds locals with Out-Of-
Community Appointments.

If you have questions or want to have a deeper discussion about your innovation, please reach out to our Innovations Concierge, Tracey DeLeeuw at