We gather information about the world around us using all of our senses—hearing, vision, taste, smell and touch. But as we age, our senses become less sharp, and we may encounter problems communicating, enjoying activities or staying involved with people.
Dr. Jennifer Campos, Canada Research Chair in Multisensory Integration and Aging, is exploring how the brain integrates sensory information and how this changes with age. She and her research team are investigating the effects of hearing loss on mobility, the increased risk of developing dementia in those with sensory loss, and how virtual reality could be used in rehabilitation. Their work will lead to tools that improve the lives of those with sensory loss and cognitive impairment, and will reinforce Canada’s position as a leader in rehabilitation research.