TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING
Dr. Patrick Deane
President, McMaster University
“I realized the key to this whole deal was to keep moving. Get up, get out of the house and go somewhere.”
Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, 70, in ‘The Intern’
MIRA’s governance draws upon the expertise from the private sector and experts on aging from within the academic community.
Our researchers represent all Faculties of the University. The input of multiple perspectives and areas of expertise ensures our research creates useable, practical, older adult-centered solutions. Our solutions are real and implementable and promote aging in place.
MIRA collaborates with many partners in the field of aging, both at McMaster and in the wider community.
MIRA coordinates research around areas of focus, each of which advances MIRA’s overall mission.
Mobility is a cornerstone of healthy aging, which can affect social and economic independence, along with physical and mental health. Addressing the range of mobility issues associated with aging has the potential to optimize the well-being of a large number of Canadians.
MIRA grew out of recognition that the best way to tackle the complex issues facing an aging population was as an organised, interdisciplinary team that integrates the input of older adults and multiple perspectives. MIRA has mobilized researchers at McMaster to coordinate their efforts to enhance the university’s research strengths in aging.
June 27, 2017 – McMaster University’s researchers in aging are taking on the challenges of Canada's aging population. Through initiatives such as the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, among others, they’re studying how to eat, design cars, prevent disease, plan communities, stay mobile and engage in an aging society. And they’re seeing results.
July 24, 2017 – Some of McMaster’s top researchers are presenting at the world’s largest conference on aging this week. Members of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, taking place in San Francisco, California.
July 18, 2017 – Whey protein supplements aren’t just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster University. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been found to greatly improve the physical strength of a growing cohort: senior citizens.
June 30, 2017 – Dawn Bowdish is a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity and an Associate Professor at McMaster University in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Her research focuses on age-associated inflammation and developing a better understanding of how the immune system fights bacterial pneumonia in older adults. She has been a MIRA member since November 2016.