AGE-WELL announces 3 year funding for MyMatchWork to address the financial well-being of older workers & caregivers

AGE-WELL announces 3 year funding for MyMatchWork to address the financial well-being of older workers & caregivers

By Beth

AGE-WELL NCE Inc. (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life) is pleased to announce funding for Alberta based MatchWork and, 21 other new research projects that leverage technology to address the needs and challenges of older adults and their caregivers.


The total investment of more than $10-million over three years is part of AGE-WELL's renewed mandate through the federal Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE) program to the end of fiscal year 2022-23.


MatchWork's international partnership is led by the University of Alberta along with the University of Waterloo, the University of Sheffield, Covenant Health, the Vanier Institute, Caregivers Alberta and the provincial government's Alberta Seniors.


“Technology can make a profound difference in the lives of older adults and their caregivers, now and post-pandemic. Through this new research, AGE-WELL will continue to provide technology-based solutions that improve health, quality of life and independence ― and to advance Canada's AgeTech sector, ”said Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Co-Director and CEO of AGE-WELL , Canada's Technology and Aging Network.


“The pandemic has underscored the social and health challenges older adults and caregivers have been contending with even before the COVID-19 crisis,” said Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, AGE-WELL Scientific Co-Director. “AGE-WELL researchers are focused on these pervasive issues, such as social isolation, and are incorporating key learnings from the ongoing pandemic experience as they further explore and develop technology-based solutions.”


The projects announced today are funded for three years through AGE-WELL's newly-launched Core Research Program (CRP) and Platform Project Program (PPP). The CRP consists of large-scale projects that take a holistic approach by not only focusing on the technology, but also the practice, policy and service delivery models that are needed for the solution to be effective. The PPP includes projects that propose methodologies or products that could be applied across the whole AGE-WELL network.