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Mar
2017

Adults who take on a new sport or a musical instrument find life is a lot more fun

March 24, 2017 – Meridith Griffin, MIRA member and assistant professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University was featured in a recent Hamilton Spectator article about the benefits of starting a new activity as an adult.

Mar
2017

International Women’s Day Q&A Spotlight on Dr. Dawn Bowdish

March 8, 2017 – The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has put the spotlight on the outstanding achievements of MIRA Member Dr. Dawn Bowdish, Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity (Tier 2) and Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster.

Mar
2017

Research Snaps: The Importance of Including Older People in Canadian Strategies on Homelessness

March 7, 2017 – The number of older people who are homeless is expected to increase across Canada. Strategies to combat homelessness tend to neglect this group and this can be problematic as older homeless people have unique needs.

Feb
2017

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging releases cognition data for 51,000 participants

February 27, 2017 – Cognition data collected at baseline on 51,000 participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) are now available for access by researchers.

Feb
2017

MIRA announces new funding opportunities with focus on cross-Faculty collaboration in aging and mobility

February 23, 2017 – The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are pleased to announce new funding opportunities that will help foster research development in the area of mobility in aging.

Feb
2017

Trouvez-le ici: French version of McMaster Optimal Aging Portal launched

February 8, 2017 – A French-language version of the popular McMaster Optimal Aging Portal has been launched at https://www.mcmastervieillissementoptimal.org/.

Jan
2017

Canada’s largest study on aging releases first report on cognition

January 25, 2017 – In its first report released on memory and cognition, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has shown the performance of CLSA participants is similar to what has been observed in previous studies of cognition conducted in both French and English, lending support to the use of the CLSA cognitive measures in large, epidemiological studies of aging.

Jan
2017

Mayo clinic researcher to speak at McMaster on aging and chronic diseases

January 20, 2017 – Dr. James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, a renowned geroscientist and expert on aging, has been named a Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor at McMaster University.

Jan
2017

Couch potatoes face same chance of dementia as those with genetic risk factors

January 10, 2017 – Sedentary older adults with no genetic risk factors for dementia may be just as likely to develop the disease as those who are genetically predisposed, according to a major study which followed more than 1,600 Canadians over five years.

Nov
2016

Endowed professorship allows dive into data to understand aging

November 29, 2016 – Reaching retirement may seem like a dream. But for some, one or two chronic conditions can turn that dream into a difficulty. Those chronic conditions range from back pain, cognitive decline, arthritis, and diseases which limit the expectant lifespan of an individual.

Nov
2016

MIRA Scientific Director featured in CTV W5 documentary on the science of aging

November 23, 2016 – Dr. Parminder Raina, Scientific Director of MIRA and Principal Investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, was featured in a story on longevity on CBC’s W5.

Nov
2016

App providing coordinated approach to stroke rehabilitation

November 18, 2016 – Anyone acquainted with home care for stroke survivors knows the challenges arising from different home-care providers attending to the same person: coordinators, nurses, physiotherapists and personal support workers each have a job to do, which often results in limited information sharing.

Nov
2016

So you think you can dance (with Parkinson's)?

November 18, 2016 – Dancing may not seem an obvious fit with Parkinson’s disease, but recent research has found that dancing can improve motor skills as well as alleviate anxiety and depression in Parkinson’s patients.

Nov
2016

'It's better to burn out than it is to rust'

November 18, 2016 – Therapies, supplements and medicines intended to counter the aging process are increasingly popular. To Mark Tarnopolsky, a genetic/metabolic neurological clinician-scientist at McMaster University in Hamilton, a better way to remedy the deterioration that comes with advancing years is to stay physically active.

Nov
2016

McMaster researchers featured in Time Magazine

In the September 12 issue of Time Magazine, McMaster researchers Martin Gibala and Mark Tarnopolsky were featured as expert contributors. Dr. Gibala shared the surprising results of his research, which shows that short bursts of exercise (20 seconds) followed by brief recovery periods are just as effective as a typical 50-minute exercise session at improving heart function and blood sugar control.

Nov
2016

Seniors in the driver’s seat

November 16, 2016 – Giving up driving is a sensitive issue as people age, leading to a loss of mobility that is inconvenient for seniors and can result in social isolation and depression.

Nov
2016

Disability, reduced social participation associated with chronic conditions in middle-aged and older adults

November 10, 2016 – Middle-age adults living with a combination of arthritis, heart disease or diabetes, and depression are more likely to experience disability and limited involvement in society, new research from McMaster University has found.

Nov
2016

What’s making the golden years shine?

November 9, 2016 – Two men go to the hospital. Both are 75 and have previously enjoyed a similar level of well-being. Then both fractured a hip due to a fall. And although their injuries – as well as many of the medical history details captured on their hospital admission forms – are similar, what follows may be drastically different.

Oct
2016

Jim Dunn to be the keynote speaker for the Trent University Seniors Summit on Oct. 27

Professor Jim Dunn, Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Seniors’ Summit on...

Oct
2016

Preparing for the aging tsunami target of $15 million gift from Chancellor Labarge

October 19, 2016 – Preparing Canada and Canadians for the oncoming “grey tsunami” – the overwhelming, unavoidable and never-before aging of our population – is the focus of a remarkable new $15 million gift from McMaster’s chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

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