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Aug
2022

MIRA hosts interdisciplinary symposium exploring aging communities and infectious disease

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, in partnership with Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats, hosted the two-day event featuring speakers, panels, a trainee poster competition and a free public talk that drew over 300 people in-person and virtually.

Jun
2022

Parminder Raina, pioneer in research on aging, appointed to Order of Canada

McMaster professor Parminder Raina has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his research on aging and its impact on health and disease. R...

Jun
2022

Inclusive spaces for Aging Well

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) was pleased to host it’s first in-person event since 2020 on the evening of May 26 at the...

Jun
2022

Opportunity: Associate Scientific Director McMaster Institute for Research on Aging | Dixon Hall Centre

McMaster University invites applications for the position of Associate Scientific Director, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA)|Dix...

May
2022

MIRA researcher receives funding through Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Carmela Laganse, received nearly $447,000 over three years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Resea...

Apr
2022

Did older Canadians change their minds about the COVID-19 shot? Not really, study shows

New research from McMaster and McGill universities provides insight into the factors that may lead to vaccine hesitancy among older adults, who are...

Mar
2022

Storytelling project forges connections with seniors

Researchers with McMaster’s Reading Lab are hoping a new community writing project that connects older adults with student volunteers will al...

Mar
2022

Health program co-designed with older adults receives $1M for research study

A community-based research project to promote health, independence and mobility among older adults has received nearly $1 million from the Public H...

Mar
2022

Celebrating YWCA Hamilton’s 2022 Women of Distinction Awards

Drs. Dawn Bowdish, Laurel Trainor and Susan Denburg, three accomplished academics, engaged community members and leaders in aging research have bee...

Feb
2022

2021 MIRA and Labarge annual report now available

In 2021, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) continued to move forward on our missi...

Jan
2022

Biology of aging and interdisciplinary fellowship projects awarded new funding

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) funds innovative research that will advance the science of aging and help people age well. Co-d...

Jan
2022

New Research shows association between behavioural risk factors, functional disability and social participation

New aging research published today in BMJ Open and led by Dr. Parminder Raina, shows that for middle-age and older adults, functional disabili...

Jan
2022

For people over 50, even 'mild' COVID-19 can result in mobility problems

A McMaster University study has found that adults over age 50 who experience mild or moderate COVID-19 are at increased risk of worsening mobility ...

Jan
2022

Research shows myriad benefits of exercise … so why don’t we move more?

When Jennifer Heisz talks about the health benefits of exercise, you can take her word on it. Not only is Heisz a Canada Research Chair ...

Nov
2021

Pandemic depression persists among older adults: research led by Dr. Parminder Raina

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University. Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national team of researchers found that 43% of adults aged 50 or older experienced moderate or high levels of depressive symptoms at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that increased over time.

Nov
2021

Weston Family Foundation funds $12M initiative to advance the science of healthy aging

The Weston Family Foundation is awarding a $12-million research grant to the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), hosted at McMaster University, for a new initiative that will shed light on the many factors that influence brain health as we age, including lifestyle and the human microbiome. The Healthy Brains, Healthy Aging Initiative will feature a cohort of 6,000 research participants who are currently enrolled in the CLSA. It marks the first time a national study of aging in Canada has introduced both brain imaging and microbiome analyses to investigate cognitive aging in the population over time.

Nov
2021

New research looks at knowledge translation with older adults.

A newly published study, by MIRA ​members Cynthia Lokker and Rebecca Ganann, sheds light on how researchers can effectively share health informatio...

Nov
2021

One in five vaccinated long-term care residents were at risk of COVID because of low antibody levels, supporting need for booster shots

November 16, 2021 – New data on long-term care residents, from MIRA researchers Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa, directly supports government decisions to provide third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Oct
2021

In the News: Brenda Vrkljan on keeping older drivers protected on the road

October 22, 2021 – MIRA member Brenda Vrkljan was featured in a story by the New York Times for a piece about older drivers. According to Vrkljan, most older adults see their driver's license as a key aspect of their freedom and mobility.

Oct
2021

In the media: Keeping Older Drivers Protected on the Road

MIRA researcher Brenda Vrkljan spoke to The New York Times about safe driving for older adult, mobility and the MIRA-funded Candrive study.&n...

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