Innovation Centre for Healthy Aging first of its kind in
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Surrey, BC- June 6th, 2014 – Retirement Concepts begins its quest today to become an industry leader and ambassador for research and technologies that improves the quality of life for seniors across Canada by opening the Innovation Centre for Healthy Aging at Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey, British Columbia.
RC has lined up an impressive line-up of research partners such as Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology to provide a non-conventional approach that accelerates research and development of new products and services within RC-Owned properties.
This first of its kind partnership in British Columbia allows researchers, health care providers, residents and families to work alongside each other to test, refine and implement leading-edge products and services.
Eight projects currently underway focus in areas such as a portable EEG device for dementia and fall-related concussion monitoring, mobility assistive devices such as airbags for wheelchairs and video capture to study the cause and prevention of violence-related adverse events in long-term care.
“As a company, we feel a social responsibility to contribute to improving the lives of our residents and others in our communities that can benefit from these products and services,” says Rowena Rizzotti, Vice-President of Operations at Retirement Concepts.
“Technology has the power to transform the way we live and age, and the type of research and innovation that will be undertaken at the new Retirement Concepts Innovation Centre for Healthy Aging will make a very real and positive difference in people’s lives,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson.