#Tech2Connect is an initiative led by Patrícia Belchior, who turned to participatory approaches to align her research interests to what really matters to the community. Her #Tech2Connect research focuses on how social platforms can be used by persons living with Alzheimer's and their carers to give voice to their concerns and, thus, also address the stigma related to technology use in later life. This initiative builds on her work as an occupational therapist, associate professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, and researcher at the ''Centre de recherche de l'Institut Universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal'' (CRIUGM), where she conducts studies in the areas of cognitive aging, technology, and the impact of stigma on the care of older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairments.
This project is a great opportunity to work with community organizations to understand the needs of persons living with dementia and their carers and work together to address those needs. Hopefully, it will help to bridge the gap between lab-based research and community organizations by helping us to adjust our "research compass" to focus on what really matters for persons living with dementia and their carer as they navigate the journey of dementia.