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UNBC set to launch of Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North

From sensors and artificial intelligence to mobility aids and other hardware, there are many technological solutions to help aging adults live independently. A new centre, set to launch this week at the University of Northern British Columbia, will conduct research on which technology is best suited for northern and rural communities as well as connect more older adults and caregivers with this technology and devices.

The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) at UNBC will launch at 11:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 25 with an online, public event. 

A partnership between UNBC, AGE-WELL and Northern Health, CTAAN will develop research partnerships with the developers of new and existing technology and foster relationships with community groups interested in learning more about the technological applications. 

Featuring a keynote address from Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn, the launch event is an opportunity for individuals and community groups across northern B.C. interested in the intersection of aging and technology to learn more about CTAAN and how to get involved. Registration is free and available at

WHAT: The launch of the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) at UNBC

WHO: UNBC Nursing Associate Professor and CTAAN Academic Director Dr. Shannon Freeman and CTAAN Director Dr. Richard McAloney

WHEN: CTAAN launch event, Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.
Drs. Freeman and McAloney are available this week for interviews to talk about CTAAN and the launch.

WHY: CTAAN will assist in connecting older adults and caregivers in northern and rural communities to access technological tools to improve their quality of life.

WHERE: Online event, registration is available at

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