People in many parts of the world are having fewer children and living longer. How will we live when there are fewer family supports?

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. This global transformation will affect every sector, with health care seeing the most profound shifts. There will be seven times as many elderly people by 2100. How will they live? Can they live well and who will care for them?

Waterloo Impact

heart rate monitor

A “second heart” to strengthen our golden years

How innovative research and medical technology can prevent falls


washing hands

Emotionally intuitive AI

Waterloo researcher develops cognitive assistive technology for people with Alzheimer’s disease


holding perscription medicine

New discovery could slow Alzheimer’s in its tracks

Using existing medication as a blueprint for a cure



Social enterprise goes digital to close a dementia support gap

Award-winning reading platform serves up accessible e-books for people living with dementia


Alex Wong using his AI imaging device

How artificial intelligence is helping doctors diagnose cancer

Research breakthrough provides state-of-the-art skin cancer screening by combining deep-learning AI with deep-tissue scans



Studying Alzheimer’s at a molecular level to find a cure

Waterloo researcher hopes to support drug development that blocks toxic plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease


Brain X-ray

What the lives and brains of Roman Catholic nuns tell us about aging

Rich data from convent archives combined with brain studies after death give researchers insights into Alzheimer’s disease and aging



How close are we to technology that can read your mind?

The magic of telepathy: Waterloo research team is working on tech that reads brain signals of people who are paralyzed


Graphic of light passing through an eye

Sending nanomedicine to the back of your eye to cure glaucoma

Waterloo researcher is working on gene therapy that she hopes will one day prevent the vision loss that so often accompanies aging


Laura Middleton with a patient

Can exercise protect against dementia?

Waterloo researcher is examining whether combining exercise with Vitamin D, cognitive training and diet interventions lowers dementia risk

5.6%of older adults live in countries with universal long-term care coverageUN DIVISION FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT
425 millionpeople older than 80 years old in 2050, compared to only 127 million todayUN DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
71 yearswas the average life expectancy globally in 2015, compared to 66 years in 2000WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION



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