Health and social care 2003

Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC) - From Lab to Life

Ontario, Canada


Sheridan Elder Research Centre


Health care technology

The centre has extensive interaction with the community and involvement of its elderly in testing the different projects that the Centre works on. SERC mostly focuses on creating and performing arts and technology that will make elderly stay healthy, but might work on other projects as well. As an example of the latter is a project that SERC is currently working on that involves testing of food-blends for elderly patients in nursing homes.

What was tested

An example project is “Aging in Place: Optimizing Health Outcomes through Technology, Design and Social Innovation” which focusses on enhancing the quality of life of older Canadians and their families through the use of technologies

Testbed purpose

The goal of SERC is to identify, develop, test and support implementation of innovative strategies that improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. The approach to the research builds on the personal strengths of older adults and seeks to empower them, their families and their communities.


Collaboration with user-groups to test process and product innovations; Collaboration with students to test technologies

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Make public services better and more efficient

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