Sustaining Quality of Life for the Rapidly Increasing Aging Population

Andrew Sixsmith

Abstract

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.