Media Advisory - International companies to exhibit latest technologies and services for an aging population, persons with disability and their caregivers

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - The Festival of International Conferences on
Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT) will bring together for
the first time five distinctive conferences focused on enhancing the lives of
seniors, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers.
    FICCDAT will explore the most current scientific, technological and
social developments aimed at dealing with the challenges of an aging
population. Never before has there been a professional event of this scale
where international conferences unite with a common focus approached from
different perspectives.
    Even though FICCDAT is predominately a professional educational event,
the topics being discussed touch the lives of everyone. The public is invited
to attend the FICCDAT trade exhibition. The world's leading companies will
share their latest technologies, new services and wealth of knowledge on the
issues facing aging populations, the evolving roles of family caregivers and
how their products and services will assist us as we grow older.

    Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Monday, June 18 and Tuesday,
    June 19 for a nominal fee of $10 each day.

    The entire Festival will be located at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
    123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

    As baby boomers continue to live longer, most will face disability as a
    result of chronic and age-related illness, while people with disabilities
    are now living longer and experiencing additional complications due to
    age. Questions around who will care for this aging population and what
    technologies can be used to help them live independently and safely need
    to be discussed.

    FICCDAT has attracted many groundbreaking and innovative companies and
    organizations from around the world. The trade exhibition will provide
    them with an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their latest products
    and services to the festival's large and diverse audience. Here are just
    a few of the companies on display:

    Tertec Enterprises

    Tertec is showcasing Mon Ami(TM), an intelligent electronic companion.
Designed to use transparent networked hardware and software to provide
companionship and act as a life coach in day-to-day living, provide services
and functions to assist people in all stages of life while saving governments
and healthcare systems billions. This technology is especially helpful for
seniors, people with physical handicaps and their caregivers.
    The Mon Ami(TM) is a "Smart System" comprising a network of computers and
other hardware with ancillary peripherals, forming a "distributed intelligence
platform" upon which the embedded software runs. This provides the
functionality to the decision making AI (Artificial Intelligence).

    City of Toronto

    The City of Toronto has a long-standing commitment to building an
inclusive and barrier-free society and continues to bring forward strategies
and tools aimed at removing and preventing barriers for people with
disabilities. The City's booth showcases a selection of programs and services
which support access for people with disabilities to City services.

    Hospice Association of Ontario (HAO/EOL Info. Service)

    The End-of-Life Information Service helps individuals living with a
life-threatening illness and their family members find answers to their
questions about end-of-life care. Their service provides referral to and
information about integrated hospice palliative care services, support and
education including: bereavement support; Hospice palliative care training;
visiting volunteer hospice services; pain and symptom management; and,
spiritual care.

    NeuroGym Technologies Inc.

    Neurogym Technologies Inc. (NTI) manufactures a unique line of
neurorehabilitation equipment designed to improve patient balance, strength
and mobility. The equipment allows patients to actively practice tasks needed
to improve their static and dynamic stability, mobility and weight-bearing
ability. The products have application in both neurophysiotherapy and mobility
training for seniors.

    March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization
providing support services to over 50,000 people with disabilities, their
families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the
website at or call 1-800-263-3463.

    The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is at the forefront
of one of the most important and emerging frontiers in health care today -
rehabilitation science. Toronto Rehab is one of Canada's leading academic
rehabilitation science centres providing adult rehabilitation services,
complex continuing care, and long-term care. More information is available at:

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For further information: or to book an interview with a keynote speaker,
please contact: Jamie Read, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422,
ext. 3866,; Ruth Kapelus, March of Dimes Canada,
(416) 425-3463, ext. 7254,; Carolyn Lovas, Toronto
Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837,

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