Dr. Noelannah Neubauer

PhD, OT Reg. (AB)

Noelannah Neubauer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Health at the University Waterloo and is a rural occupational therapist at Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre in Alberta. Neubauer completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) and MSc in Human Kinetics from University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2012 and 2014, and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2019 and 2021. Her doctoral thesis focused on developing the Canadian Guideline for Safe Wandering which is presently being used across the country among Alzheimer Societies, health professionals, first responders, care partners and persons living with dementia. Neubauer’s developing research program focuses on the creation and implementation of policies and strategies to enable older adults to age in place. More recently, her research has focused on devising and advocating for solutions that balance risk and autonomy for persons with dementia that are at risk of getting lost and going missing. She is the co-founder of the International Consortium on Dementia and Wayfinding, co-founder of OTech Canada, and is a co-author of the recently published book “Autonomy and Independence: Aging in an Era of Technology”.

1:30 PM PST

Friday April 8, 2022

Going Missing in the Community: Exploring Strategies to Reduce the Risks of Getting Lost Among Persons Living with Dementia

The number of missing persons living with dementia is rising and will continue to increase as our population ages. Attendees will learn about low and high tech assistive technologies that promote safe wandering while allowing a level of autonomy, independence and safety.

2:00 PM PST

Friday April 8, 2022

Prescribing Tech: Autonomy and Independence in Older Adult Care

The global pandemic provides a backdrop for the unprecedentedly rapid adoption of AgeTech, such as information and communication technologies or mobile applications that benefit older adults. In this new era of technology, how will this influence the autonomy and independence of older adults? This presentation will feature examples of AgeTech that focus on autonomy and independence from around the world as well as research and development within the field.