- Online Chair Yoga for People with DementiaOnline 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 flexibility? This project invites people with dementia and their family members to join online yoga classes through Zoom. We investigated the feasibility of online yoga… Read more: Online Chair Yoga for People with Dementia
- The iPad ProjectFor 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.
- Overcoming LonelinessThis 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.
- Tochie – A Smart Audio DeviceTochie is a smart audio device that assists family members and caregivers with reminding seniors and helping with certain activities. Our research aims to find out seniors’ and family members’ user experiences towards the device.
- 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.
- Happy2EatFood 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.
- The What Matters AppsWe 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.
- Paro: A Social RobotInteraction 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 Ventilator ProjectThe Ventilator Project Our project team is working together to discuss the development of an innovative 3D printed origami portable ventilator. Traditional ventilators have airbags that can prematurely breakdown with extended usage due to the repeated compression cycles. In addition, traditional ventilators are costly and not easily portable. There is a need for improved ventilators… Read more: The Ventilator Project