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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

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Fresh Faces: Rong Zheng

July 18, 2018 – MIRA member Rong Zheng is a professor and associate chair in McMaster's department of Computing and Software in the Faculty of Engineering. She joined McMaster in 2013. Here, she talks about her work, her interest in research in aging, her passion for being outside and what her mom taught her about freedom.

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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

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

Stuart Phillips

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

Bhagwati Gupta

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

Dawn Bowdish

" 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

" 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

" 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

" 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 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

" 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

" 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

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

Laurel Trainor

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

Larry Roberts

" 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

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

Aug
2018

How long will people be able to live in the future?

August 3, 2018 – Every Friday this summer, McMaster University chooses an expert to answer a selection of questions posed by alumni through the Question of the Week Club. This week's answer is provided by Dr. Parminder Raina, the scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. As principal investigator for the ground-breaking and comprehensive Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, Dr. Raina's work brings together experts in physical, psychological and social health fields to unlock some of the greatest mysteries of aging that have the most impact on the health of Canadians.

Aug
2018

MIRA hosts provincial meeting to discuss collaboration in aging research

August 1, 2018 – Leaders in aging research from several Ontario universities and colleges gathered at the McMaster Innovation Park last Wednesday to explore ways to work together collaboratively. The full-day, facilitated meeting was initiated by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, which recognizes that partnership is critical to develop actionable strategies that will address the opportunities and challenges facing our growing population of older adults.

Jul
2018

Just two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients

July 31, 2018 – Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of the disease and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but researchers reported that some study participants did not fully recover when they returned to normal activity for two weeks.

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