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AGE-WELL network adds Vancouver facility

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:28 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is now an AGE-WELL core facility.

Based in Vancouver and founded by the B.C. Law Institute, CCEL is a national non-profit law reform centre dedicated to improving the lives of older adults and their relationship to the law. Its mandate includes research, law reform and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults.

AGE-WELL is a federally funded network of industry representatives, non-profit organizations, governments, care providers, end users and academics interested in research and innovation in the area of technology and aging.

CCEL is expected to assist AGE-WELL with understanding and navigating the Canadian legal system, including legal issues raised by startups and commercialization. It will also address legal and ethical issues of critical importance when working with older adults, such as informed consent and substitute decision-making.

“CCEL will be a tremendous resource to AGE-WELL on a wide range of issues, including the legal and ethical aspects of developing and using smart-home sensors, robotics and other advanced technologies with older adults,” said AGE-WELL scientific director Alex Mihailidis.

“AGE-WELL is bringing together researchers and partners in a way which I believe positions Canada as a leader in the area of gerontechnology,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, staff lawyer and senior fellow and former national director at CCEL.

“As a new core facility, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law not only can provide responsive information and support, but we look forward to working together with AGE-WELL to create new knowledge. The areas we will delve into as AGE-WELL moves forward — such as the legal issues with artificial intelligence, intellectual property and consent for the collection of metadata — these are emerging issues in law that we are excited to explore. We're delighted to be part of this enterprise,” she said.