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Jul
2018

Participants needed for research in campus walkability

July 3, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is looking for volunteers who are 65 years and older to take part in a study of the walkability of the McMaster University main campus. Participants would be asked to take part in a 45-minute walk of the McMaster University main campus and a one hour focus group after the walk. Click this link for a letter of information which provides full details about the study. As a member of the Age Friendly University Network, McMaster University is committed to providing a more walkable and age-friendly campus. We are collecting information to assess the current walkability of the McMaster campus in order to provide suggestions to create a more walkable campus for older adults. This will increase our ability to bring together older adults and other members of the university community. Ultimately, the goal is to create a more accessible and pedestrian friendly campus that can be used by people of all ages. For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact: Amanda Whalen McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) 905-525-9140 Ext. 27506 whalea1@mcmaster.ca This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance, by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

Jun
2018

MIRA member named to Order of Canada

June 29, 2018 – Eight professors and alumni, including Jamal Deen, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, are becoming members of the Order of Canada. Their appointments were announced Friday by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

Jun
2018

Fostering undergraduate research

June 20, 2018 – MIRA member and mechanical engineering assistant professor Cheryl Quenneville has won the $25,000 Petro-Canada-McMaster Young Innovator award. The award helps build a connection between research and teaching by engaging undergraduate students in research.

Jun
2018

Come for the music; stay for the science

June 15, 2018 – A string trio, a scientist and a composer explain how much live music — and conversation — relies on body language and non-audible cues. The event was a collaboration between MIRA, the LIVElab, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra 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 Symbiosis Student-Senior Co-housing Program

June 6, 2018 – The Symbiosis Co-housing Program connects graduate students in need of low-cost housing with seniors who have a spare room and who could benefit from companionship and a bit of extra support. The Program is now seeking older adults who may be interested in offering co-housing to a student this fall. The three matches made last year, the pilot year, are continuing this year – signaling successful arrangements for both seniors and students. Hamilton Aging Together promotes this superb example of aging in community and can assist either seniors or students in this co-housing program. For information, please contact symbiosiscohousing@gmail.com or 647-648-4421.

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).

May
2018

MIRA member Ada Tang discusses exercise after stroke for Reuters

May 22, 2018 – MIRA member Ada Tang provides comment on exercise after stroke for Reuters Health: "One of the challenges with stroke and exercise is that some people think they can't because they have limited mobility," said Ada Tang of McMaster University and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). "But studies are showing it's possible, safe and beneficial, even if you can't exercise as vigorously as before," Tang, who wasn't involved with the new study, told Reuters Health by phone.

May
2018

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging releases first report on health and aging in Canada

May 22, 2018 – The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on the health and well-being of the country’s aging population, recently released The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Report on Health and Aging in Canada: Findings from Baseline Data Collection 2010-2015. The report presents key findings on a range of physical, mental and social aspects of aging based on data from the CLSA’s 50,000 participants, who were between the ages of 45 and 85 when they were recruited into the study.

May
2018

Building a better health-care system for older Canadians

May 14, 2018 – Time is of the essence to ensure older patients receive the care they need, according to MIRA member Andrew Costa.

May
2018

Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley to speak at McMaster on what it means to age with a disability

May 10, 2018 – Ontario’s former Lt.-Gov. David Onley will be visiting McMaster University next week to tackle the topic of what it means to age with a disability – both for older adults and their caregivers. This special speaker session, co-hosted by Hamilton’s Thrive Group and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), will be held on May 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South).

May
2018

Ontario to support McMaster continuing education program for caregivers of older adults

May 4, 2018 –The McMaster Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), together with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Hamilton’s Thrive Group, has been awarded $99,940 by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs to support the ongoing improvement of education for caregivers of older adults.

May
2018

McMaster experts in aging research recognized with Canada Research Chairs

May 3, 2018 – The federal government has recognized the expertise of nine McMaster researchers with an investment of nearly $10 million from the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. The investment will fund two new and seven renewed Canada Research Chairs whose research covers the spectrum – from aging, disease, medicine and exercise, to radiation science, functional materials and electrified vehicles.

May
2018

‘Smart cities need to be more than smart. You need heart’

May 2, 2018 – Technology is the key to supporting an aging population, but it cannot and should not replace a genuine human connection that embraces and celebrates older adults' aspirations, experts say.

May
2018

Why (and how) are we living longer — and what can we do about it?

May 1, 2018 – If death is a finish line, that line has continually moved farther and farther away over the past century. In fact, we’re not sure if we’re running a 10-kilometre race or an ultramarathon, or whether there’s an end to the race at all. It’s this phenomenon – why and how we’re living longer – that internationally recognized biologist Tom Kirkwood explored in a recent lecture at McMaster.

May
2018

Researchers receive dementia research grant

May 1, 2018 – MIRA member Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson have received a grant from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, supporting their dementia and caregivers research.

Apr
2018

Seniors more likely to visit the ER after nurse's home care visit

April 30, 2018 – Patients who received home care visits from nurses were more likely to visit the emergency department during the evening on the same day, particularly for non-urgent issues, according to new research from McMaster University.

Apr
2018

MIRA funding opportunities in aging: Information sessions

April 20, 2018 – McMaster researchers are invited to attend an information session to learn more about funding opportunities through the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), ​including this year's catalyst grant initiative.There will be two sessions and refreshments will be provided.

Apr
2018

Global experts in aging to discuss the new human lifespan, smart cities at McMaster

April 11, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is bringing its International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), composed of highly accomplished scientists, to Hamilton this month to address two pertinent questions: How can smart cities better support and connect our aging population? And, why (and how) are we living longer?

Apr
2018

It's Humans of New York -- for seniors

April 9, 2018 – Everyone has a story to tell. Gilbrea Centre grad students and members of MIRA's Trainee Network are sharing the stories of Hamilton-area seniors as part of a project that challenges young people's expectations and assumptions about older adults.

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