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Aging 2.0 brought together a number of start-ups, investors and experts on ageing at its Americas Summit in Toronto.

On June 21st, ILC-Brazil technical director, Ina Voelcker and ILC-Canada research director Louise Plouffe participated in the Americas Summit of Aging2.0 in Toronto. The Summit brought together a group of ageing experts, start-ups and investors and was organized by Aging 2.0, its Toronto Chapter, led by Azi Boloorchi of Revera and took place in the offices of Goodmans, a law firm who launched SenbridGe, a division focusing on healthcare and ageing.

One of the two panels was about livable communities and brought a more holistic vision, beyond the dominating focus on residential care and assisted living, to the discussions. Ina Voelcker questionned to which extent these innovations will be accessible to more disadvantaged groups of society and recommended that investments have to go beyond living arrangements for older people. There should also be a focus, for example, on ways to challenge existing behaviours and attitudes in order to make communities more age-friendly. Stephen Johnston, the founder and CEO of Aging 2.0, thanked the participants of the panel for reminding the audience that “aging is about more than assisted living”.

The start-ups who presented to this panel are: BeFine (São Paulo), Steadiwear Inc. (Canada), K4Connect(USA) and CarePredict, Inc. (USA). See a summary of each start-up below.

The second panel of the day was about cognitive health and counted on the participation of Bill Jarvis, Resident Innovation Ambassador of Revera who shared his vision as a potential user of these innovative solutions. Towards the end of the Summit, Adam Blinik, Director of Public Policy and Communication of Uber spoke about the future of urban mobility and the potential of Uber to contribute to better quality of life among older people.

Posted by: Ina Voelcker, Technical Director of ILC-Brazil, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

Picture: Ina Voelcker (right) and Stephen Johnston, founder and CEO of Aging 2.0 (left)

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