RIA announces new Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living

September 14, 2016

WATERLOO, Ont. (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) – The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Boger has joined the team as Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living.

For more than a decade, Dr. Boger has been exploring the use of technology to enhance the health, well-being, and independence of older adults. She has created internationally renowned assistive technologies in collaboration with researchers from many disciplines and most importantly with older adults, their families, and their circle of care. Dr. Boger believes that collaboration is key to creating technologies that work in the real-world and directly benefit older adults.

Her passion stems from her experience with her grandmothers, one of whom lived with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although both had very different journeys, Dr. Boger saw first-hand the need for tools and resources to better support their changing needs as well as the people who cared for and loved them to help everyone live the fullest lives possible. She saw the immense opportunity for technology to address this gap.

“I’m truly delighted to be part of the RIA,” says Dr. Boger, “The unique transdisciplinary environment allows for close collaboration with people who see different angles of the problems we are trying to solve. This holistic approach will take my research program to the next level by enabling my team to work more closely with older adults and their families to develop technologies that truly benefit their lives.”

Examples of Dr. Boger’s focus over the next few years at RIA will include using cognitive computing to connect care partners of people living with dementia to the resources and support they need and developing new technologies to foster connections between older adults and younger generations.

“Dr. Boger’s work has been recognized around the world, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the RIA team,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at RIA. “She brings a unique expertise in an area ripe for innovation, and shares our drive to enhance quality of life for older adults everywhere.”

Dr. Boger comes to the RIA from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she was the Manager of their Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Research Team. She also supported the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto as the Research Manager in the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab. Her doctoral work was completed at the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom, following a Masters degree at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her role as Schlegel Research Chair, Dr. Boger is an Assistant Professor in the department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

About the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Schlegel Villages, and many other organizations and academic institutions, to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults. By integrating research, education and practice, RIA supports practice-relevant research and mobilizes research evidence so it can inform programs, be integrated into education and training, and influence practice and policy. The best of what is learned is then shared broadly to benefit older adults everywhere. For more information go to www.the-ria.ca.

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