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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

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Come for the music; stay for the science

June 15, 2018 – As part of Seniors Month, members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and researchers from McMaster University came together for a performance and lecture around the power of communication. The public event was a collaboration between the orchestra, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and the Hamilton Public Library.

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"MIRA brings world-leading researchers under one vision to reimagine aging now and in the future."

Dr. Patrick Deane

President, McMaster University

Our approach

  1. A coordinated, collaborative research agenda between academics and clinicians from all Faculties
  2. Use of design thinking to generate human-centred solutions
  3. Ongoing interaction with a diverse group of stakeholders

" Neuronal function declines with age. I aim to identify factors that conserve neuronal function during age so that we can live better, longer lives. "

Lesley MacNeil

" My grandparents aged so optimally, it inspired me to practice and research with older persons who have a more challenging aging process, including those with multimorbidity. "

Jenny Ploeg

" I study protein in human skeletal muscle – its mass, function, and maintenance – in aging. Healthy muscle = healthy aging "

Stuart Phillips

" Driving is critical to seniors' independence, mobility and health. I research factors that keep older drivers safe behind-the-wheel for as long as possible. "

Brenda Vrkljan

" I work to prevent hidden hearing loss which affects almost 30% of adolescents and forecasts serious hearing difficulties later in life. "

Larry Roberts

" My research discovers age-associated biological processes with the goal of extending lifespan, promoting mobility, and maintaining healthy aging. "

Bhagwati Gupta

" It seemed to me that my grandparents lived forever. Why is it that some environments make people live long and others don't? "

Parminder Raina

" I design and evaluate community-based health care interventions to improve access, quality of life and health outcomes at no additional cost. "

Maureen Markle-Reid

" Hearing underlies verbal & musical communication important for healthy aging. Music often reaches people after memory and language are gone. "

Laurel Trainor

" I work to help people live their best lives including how to use or not use medications ways that are effective and safe. "

Lisa Dolovich

" Keeping older adults infection free provides more years of healthy, independent living (because I need the free babysitting, thanks grandparents!) "

Dawn Bowdish

" My grandparents experienced the gaps in the health care system. I decided to use health care data to help fill those gaps in knowledge and practice. "

Andrew Costa

" Urban infrastructure is failing older adults who don’t drive – a growing population. How can housing and transit make people functional for longer? "

Jim Dunn

“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’

Our Team

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GOVERNANCE

MIRA’s governance draws upon the expertise from the private sector and experts on aging from within the academic community. 

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Researchers

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.

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Partners

MIRA collaborates with many partners in the field of aging, both at McMaster and in the wider community.

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Areas of Focus

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​Areas of Focus

MIRA coordinates research around areas of focus, each of which advances MIRA’s overall mission.

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Labarge Centre for
Mobility in Aging

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.

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Our Story

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.

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News

Jun
2018

Come for the music; stay for the science

June 15, 2018 – As part of Seniors Month, members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and researchers from McMaster University came together for a performance and lecture around the power of communication. The public event was a collaboration between the orchestra, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and the Hamilton Public Library.

Jun
2018

MIRA researcher spotlight: Gavin Andrews

June 14, 2018 – Gavin Andrews is a leading health geographer based at McMaster University’s Department of Health, Aging and Society. He was the inaugural chair of that unit between 2006 and 2011 and was the Acting Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging from 2017-2018. Gavin’s multidisciplinary research explores a wide range of empirical themes including aging, health care work, sports and fitness, complementary medicine, health histories and popular music. Gavin asks important questions about the relationships between older people and place, and about the current state and future development of health geography. He recently co-edited a book entitled ”Geographical Gerontology” that highlights the importance of where aging occurs, how it is experienced differently by different people in different places.

Jun
2018

McMaster researchers and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will explore the power of communication through music in downtown Hamilton

June 1, 2018 – The Power of Communication through Music will be held on June 7, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). Part concert, part lecture, this unique event is a result of a collaboration between the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL).

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