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Oct
2017

It's time to treat aging as an asset, not a burden

October 16, 2017 – By now, you may be aware that Canada’s seniors recently crossed a significant threshold. Statistics Canada announced for the first time ever that people over 65 now officially outnumber children under 15. The story is similar all over the world.

Oct
2017

Breaking down Alzheimer’s: Green tea extract delivers molecular punch to disrupt formation of neurotoxic species

October 10, 2017 – Green tea is widely considered to be beneficial for the brain. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of green tea extracts help fight catastrophic diseases such as Alzheimer’s. However, scientists have never fully understood how they work at the molecular level and how they could be harnessed to find better treatments.

Oct
2017

McMaster talks all things aging, mobility in downtown Hamilton

October 6, 2017 – Community members, researchers, policymakers and students gathered in downtown Hamilton Thursday night to talk about one of the most pressing issues facing the country: its aging population.

Oct
2017

Navigating the system: a guest blog by Stephen Trumper

October 5, 2017 – Stephen Trumper serves on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation. He is an independent writer and editor. He is also a journalism instructor at Ryerson University, and has worked as an editor at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and Financial Post Business.

Oct
2017

Aging becoming a hot topic as Hamilton baby boomers enter senior years

October 4, 2017 – MIRA's scientific directior, Parminder Raina, along with MIRA member, Margaret Denton, and Rachel Weldrick, a McMaster University PhD candidate in social gerontology, were featured in a recent Hamilton Spectator article about the many professionals in Hamilton studying and planning for our aging population.

Oct
2017

Two MIRA members presented with prestigious Teaching Award

October 4, 2017 – Kimberley Dej, Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Science, and Professor of Information Systems Milena Head from the DeGroote School of Business are two of the recipients to have been presented with Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. Dej and Head are both McMaster University Faculty Members and members of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging.

Sep
2017

Get moving: DeGroote-led team studies barriers to wearable technology among older adults

September 30, 2017 – For the first time, Canada has more seniors, 5.9 million, than children. Are older Canadians receptive to using wearable technology?

Sep
2017

The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging within MIRA supports seven new interdisciplinary projects

September 29, 2017 – Can cognitive age predict the use of Fitbits and other wearable devices in older adults? How can better understanding of bone density at the nanoscale lead to longer-lasting hip and knee implants? Can smart joint technology predict risk for falling and other mobility-related issues? These are just some of the questions researchers from across McMaster’s Faculties will use as launching points for new projects that have received funding from the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) within the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

Sep
2017

Being active saves lives whether a gym workout, walking to work or washing the floor

September 22, 2017 – Physical activity of any kind can prevent heart disease and death, says a large international study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries published this week in The Lancet.

Sep
2017

McMaster to host Walrus Talks Mobility event in downtown Hamilton

September 14, 2017 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and The Walrus Foundation are confronting the topic of mobility within Canada’s aging population. On October 5, 2017, eight speakers including doctors, scientists, an Olympian, and a futurist, will present their visions of a more inclusive society for The Walrus Talks Mobility. This event is part of the popular nationwide Walrus Talks series. McMaster University Presents the Walrus Talks Mobility will take place on October 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main Street West, Hamilton). Tickets are $12 ($6 for students) and can be purchased online at thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-mobility.

Sep
2017

Strengthening McMaster’s research presence at the McMaster Innovation Park

September 12, 2017 – It’s a move that’s designed to broaden the University’s research capacity, facilitate research partnerships, and interact more directly with all parts of the region’s innovation ecosystem.

Sep
2017

Creating a Brighter World: McMaster jumps 35 spots, ranked 78th in world

September 5, 2017 – Fuelled by a growing reputation for its rare combination of research excellence and high-quality teaching, McMaster has been ranked 78th in the world by the Times Higher Education’s influential World University Rankings.

Sep
2017

New study aims to narrow the gap between the care the elderly want and what they get

September 5, 2017 – Research has shown most frail elderly patients want to maintain quality of life rather than prolong it, but the use of invasive life-sustaining technologies in this population has been increasing.

Sep
2017

Campus banners showcase some of McMaster's best and brightest in aging research

September 1, 2017 – ​Some of McMaster’s top researchers in a wide variety of fields, including research in aging, are being showcased on banners across campus as part of the roll-out of McMaster’s new #BrighterWorld brand introduction.

Aug
2017

Call for abstracts on aging research

August 25, 2017 – The trainee network of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is organizing a research showcase for attendees of The Walrus Talks Mobility on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Aug
2017

Meet the first Labarge Mobility Scholarship recipients

August 18, 2017 – ​The first Labarge Mobility Scholarship recipients are Michael Kalu, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science, and Sydney Valentino, a Master’s student in Kinesiology.

Aug
2017

McMaster climbs in global rankings - 66th in world, third in Canada

August 16, 2017 – ​Fuelled by significant increases in published and cited research and improved academic performance, McMaster has climbed higher in a respected global ranking of the world’s best universities.

Jul
2017

McMaster researchers show off Canadian expertise at world's largest aging conference

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.

Jul
2017

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults

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.

Jun
2017

MIRA researcher spotlight: Dawn Bowdish

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.

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