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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

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New provincial research centre brings expertise in healthy aging

June 6, 2019 – Older adults range in age from 65 to 105 and represent widely varying health and social needs, yet this growing cohort is often grouped in one category. Two established research platforms of McMaster University aim to address the diverse needs of Ontario’s older adults by supporting and advancing patient and caregiver-partnered research in aging.

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

Maureen Markle-Reid

" 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

" 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

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

Lisa Dolovich

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

Bhagwati Gupta

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

Laurel Trainor

" 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

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

Dawn Bowdish

" 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

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
2019

New provincial research centre brings expertise in healthy aging

June 6, 2019 – Older adults range in age from 65 to 105 and represent widely varying health and social needs, yet this growing cohort is often grouped in one category. Two established research platforms of McMaster University aim to address the diverse needs of Ontario’s older adults by supporting and advancing patient and caregiver-partnered research in aging.

Jun
2019

New international alliance formed to drive knowledge exchange and innovation in healthy aging

June 4, 2019 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), along with other Canadian centres in healthy aging, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) to drive knowledge exchange, innovation and support research collaboration between Canada and the North of England.

May
2019

I’m extremely proud: Suzanne Labarge reflects on her time as Chancellor

May 29, 2019 – From convocation hijinx to cross-faculty research to help support an aging population, Suzanne Labarge looks back on her six years as chancellor.

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