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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

Non-drug approaches for PW dementia

Program with community volunteers promising in reducing health-care use by older adults

May 6, 2019 – Incorporating community volunteers into the health-care system shows promise in reducing health-care usage by older adults through a shift from hospitals to primary care, according to research from McMaster University. Results of the Health TAPESTRY (Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality) project were published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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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

At MIRA, we examine biological, behavioural, technological and environmental factors ​that affect how people age. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we combine the following strategies: 

  • A coordinated, collaborative research agenda between academics and clinicians from all faculties. 

  • The use of design thinking to generate human-centred solutions. 

  • Ongoing interaction with a diverse group of stakeholders, such as policymakers and older adults. 

Research at the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is intended to generate solutions that are practical, readily implemented, and that promote aging in place. 

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

Stuart Phillips

" 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

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

Laurel Trainor

" 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

" 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

" 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

" 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

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

Bhagwati Gupta

" 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

" 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

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

Larry Roberts

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

May
2019

Program with community volunteers promising in reducing health-care use by older adults

May 6, 2019 – Incorporating community volunteers into the health-care system shows promise in reducing health-care usage by older adults through a shift from hospitals to primary care, according to research from McMaster University. Results of the Health TAPESTRY (Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality) project were published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Apr
2019

Project on chronic back pain receives new MIRA-IPRC catalyst grant

April 30, 2019 – An interdisciplinary project aimed at developing a pre-surgery rehabilitation and education program for older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis receives the first cross-institute catalyst grant from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

Apr
2019

Pitch perfect: MIRA trainees tell it all in three minutes

April 17, 2019 – Fourteen researchers from across campus each took 180 seconds to explain their research on aging. It’s all part of a student-driven initiative to bring together early-career researchers with a wide range of expertise and experiences.

Email MIRA at: MIRAinfo@mcmaster.ca       Follow us on Twitter : @MIRAMcMaster
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