Projects


Current Project Highlights


  • Aether Robot
    Aether Robot: A Collaborative Service Robot, Supporting Independence, Safety, Privacy and Happiness Aether is a collaborative service robot, designed for staff and residents working and living in care homes to support independence, safety, privacy and happiness. This project will build on previous work accomplished by JDQ Systems Inc. and the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), and academic partners under previous […]
  • Lovot Robot
    Lovot Robot: A New Mobile Social Robot to Improve the Quality of Life for Persons With Dementia Approximately 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Social robots have been developed and tested to determine whether they improve the quality of life for persons with dementia. A new mobile social robot, LOVOT has advanced artificial […]
  • PHAC: Dementia-Friendly Environment Project 
    Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, this project aims to improve how people living with dementia, and their care partners, access their communities. DemSCAPE (Dementia-inclusive Streets and Community Access, Participation and Engagement) is a three-phase project.
  • Silent Disco Headphones
    Music is so widely available and inexpensive in the modern world; it is a common option for stress reduction, comfort and enjoyment. The study’s main objective is to explore whether music delivered by Silent Disco Headphones was feasible and acceptable to a sample of inpatients staying in an older adult mental health unit of a large urban hospital.
  • Stress – Relief Robot
    Stress – Relief Robot Anxiety is a prevalent mental health condition that is caused by various psychological stressors. Deep breathing is identified as an effective practice for stress management. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing can help manage chronic pain, decrease muscle tension, and reduce stress and anxiety. The stress-relief project involves co-designing a smart stress-relief robot that […]
  • Telepresence Robot Project
    Social isolation is a significant issue in aged care settings such as long-term care (LTC) and hospitals and is associated with adverse outcomes such as reduced well-being and loneliness. Mobile Telepresence Robots such as the Double 3 robot, may help address social isolation and loneliness among older adults in LTC homes.
  • The What Matters Apps
    We are developing a field-tested, person-centered, digital intervention – a mobile app called “WhatMatters.” This digital solution will allow family members to upload personalized content such as photos, videos, music, and audio recordings that staff can then use to engage with patients and residents in hospitals and long term care homes.
  • TV Study: TV programs Tailored to People Living with Dementia
    TV Study: TV programs Tailored to People Living with Dementia This project explores the use of a TV program that consists of videos tailored to people living with dementia’s needs and interests. This project investigates how this program may be used as a resource improving the quality of life and psychosocial well-being of residents living […]
  • Virtual P.I.E.C.E.S.
    This CIHR funded project applies implementation science methodology to examine the adoption of the P.I.E.C.E.S. program, by using virtual means to include family in team-based care planning.
  • Virtual Reality Program in Long Term Care
    Virtual Reality Program in Long Term Care Poster Youtube Links Our Team Principal Investigator: Dr. Lillian Hung Lab members: Jim Mann, Mona Upreti, Alisha Tumar, Winnie Kan and David So Project Co-lead: Sonia Hardern (Regional Practice Lead, Research and Knowledge Translation) GlobalNews Interview: Watch us on Global News (December 19th, 2022)!

Past Projects

  • Happy2Eat
    Food is more than nutrition; it brings comfort. For residents in long-term care facilities, food is vital to health, well-being, and quality of life. Our research aims to focus on supporting both resident and staff needs during mealtimes.
  • Online Chair Yoga for People with Dementia
    Online Chair Yoga Project: Helping Peoples with Dementia with Stress, Pain and Flexibility Can an online chair yoga program help people with dementia to reduce stress, relieve pain, and improve […]
  • Overcoming Loneliness
    This research investigated the state of loneliness of residents and the staff living and working in LTC homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aimed to identify non-pharmacological ways to decrease loneliness and to work with stakeholders to co-develop policies. This research will be useful in improving the quality of life for residents in LTC homes.
  • Paro: A Social Robot
    Interaction with PARO, a robotic pet seal, can have positive psychological, physiological, and social effects on users. Our research aims to investigate how PARO can be used meaningfully and effectively in hospitals for patients with dementia and delirium.
  • The iPad Project
    For individuals with dementia, staying in long term care (LTC) can be quite a stressful experience due to an unfamiliar care environment. This research project aims to address this issue by introducing a new behavioral intervention, allowing family members of residents to pre-record videos to reassure them.