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Dec
2018

In the media: Understanding the benefits of exercise

December 24, 2018 – MIRA researcher Ada Tang (Rehabilitation Science) spoke to Reuters Health about the importance of finding ways for people to participate in physical activity more often and easily.

Dec
2018

MIRA brings together two dream teams for major research projects

December 12, 2018 – Experts from nearly a dozen disciplines are working together on two projects, funded through the McMaster Institute for Research in Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging.

Dec
2018

Harrington appointed assistant vice-president for FHS; Ine Wauben appointed managing director for MIRA

December 5, 2018 – Laura Harrington has been appointed assistant vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Ine Wauben has been appointed to the role of Managing Director at MIRA.

Dec
2018

Announcement: Managing Director, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

December 5, 2018 – I am announcing Laura Harrington’s departure as Managing Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to begin the next chapter of her career. Effective January 1, 2019, Laura will take on the executive role of Assistant Vice-President within McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).

Nov
2018

Hamilton seniors put their fitness to the test at PACE

November 26, 2018 – Though it’s sometimes challenging, Maureen Harper makes it a point to get to the MacSeniors Exercise and Wellness Program at McMaster’s Physical Activity Research Centre of Excellence (PACE), as often as she can. “I started in May and it wasn’t easy to get a routine going, but now I’m feeling so much better,” says Harper, one of a number of seniors from the Hamilton community who regularly attends the program which offers supervised guided and prescribed aerobic and strength, as well as balance training for seniors.

Nov
2018

Stay healthy: Canada Research Chair talks flu and pneumonia prevention

November 14, 2018 – It's estimated that between 70 and 85 per cent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Flu can increase the risk for pneumonia, which more people over the age of 65 die from each year than car accidents. Zoomer Magazine spoke with MIRA member Dawn Bowdish, who is the Canada Research Chair on Aging and Immunity, about how changes to our immunity as we age can leave us more susceptible to pneumonia -- and what we can do about it.

Nov
2018

Fat fundamentals: Scientists uncover crucial biological circuits that regulate lipids and their role in overall health

November 13, 2018 – Tiny microscopic worms, invisible to the naked eye, are helping scientists to better understand an extraordinarily complex biological pathway that connects fat to overall health and aging in humans. A team of biologists from McMaster studying these worms called C. elegans, or nematodes, has found that the regulation of lipid production, and the delicate balance of too much or too little fat, is crucial to healthy living. The findings, published online in the journal PLOS One, point to a fundamental process of lipid regulation that happens in the WNT signaling pathway, a widely-studied genetic thoroughfare that, when mutated, is directly linked to a variety of cancers.

Nov
2018

MIRA and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to partner for special Fall Prevention Month event

November 6, 2018 – Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among older Canadians, with between 20 to 30 per cent of older adults reporting a fall each year according to Public Health Agency of Canada’s Seniors Falls Report (2014). However, older adults with cognitive impairment, as reported by the Alzheimer Society, are four to five times more likely to fall than those who are not cognitively impaired. To help bring awareness to the devastating impact falls can have on older adults with cognitive impairment, MIRA has teamed up with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to host a special panel discussion on the topic.

Nov
2018

New video illustrates the downside of inactivity

November 5, 2018 – Researchers at McMaster University are warning that even short periods of inactivity in older people — as little as two weeks — can lead to worsening physical health, which could have a dramatic impact on an aging population.

Nov
2018

Six new projects tackle mobility for older adults

November 2, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging has awarded 2018 Catalyst grants to six ambitious, interdisciplinary research proposals that aim to improve mobility for older adults. Each collaborative project will include researchers from at least three of McMaster’s six faculties. The grants are supported by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was created by a $15-million gift from university Chancellor Suzanne Labarge two years ago.

Oct
2018

MIRA and Labarge Research Day, poster competition

October 30, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging and the Labarge Optimal Aging initiative will host the MIRA & Labarge Research Day on December 7, 2018. This annual event will showcase research in aging from across McMaster University and recognize the generous donations of Chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

Oct
2018

Exchange scholarship to facilitate joint research between Ireland’s Institute of Technology Carlow and MIRA

October 20, 2018 – Dr. P.J. White, research leader at designCORE, a research centre at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland, has received the James M Flaherty Award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation (ICUP) scholarship, which facilitates scholarly exchange. For five weeks, starting November 5, White will live in Hamilton and collaborate with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) at McMaster University.

Oct
2018

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

October 9, 2018 – While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.

Oct
2018

Can music and hearing loss go together? MIRA and HPO to explore that question at downtown Hamilton event

October 3, 2018 – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are partnering next week to examine whether music and aging-related hearing loss can go together. This engaging multidisciplinary talk will feature the music of Beethoven, and explore how his life evolved due to his own struggles with deafness. Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go together? will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). It is second in a public series developed by MIRA and the HPO, in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), to explore synergies between aging and music.

Oct
2018

On International Day of Older Persons, McMaster experts weigh in on what it takes to age well

October 1, 2018 – Most of us would agree that living longer is a good thing – as long as we have our independence, mobility, social connections, financial stability and health. But we know that’s not always the case. Why, then, do some people age better than others? Are there things we can do to help ourselves age well? How do we ensure we not only age well as individuals, but as a community and a broader population? Researchers from McMaster University’s Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are seeking answers to these questions and more.

Sep
2018

Susan Denburg elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

September 18, 2018 – Susan Denburg is the executive vice-dean and associate vice-president, academic in Health Sciences. Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community.

Sep
2018

Survey: How Age-Friendly is McMaster University?

September 7, 2018 – McMaster has recently joined the Age Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. The network has created ten principles that age-friendly universities aim to meet. The principles include older adult involvement in research and educational initiatives, as well as involvement in the broader university community. MIRA is collecting information related to the current status of these principles at McMaster to understand perceptions around principles that McMaster is currently meeting, and where there are opportunities for improvement

Sep
2018

CBC’s The National highlights McMaster’s work connecting students and seniors

September 6, 2018 – A new housing program created by McMaster is proving to be a win-win for students and local seniors.

Sep
2018

Study shows older drivers use rear view cameras, but would benefit from training

September 5, 2018 – What impact do advanced driver assistance systems have on older drivers? Researchers at McMaster University are asking that question, with a new study focused specifically on rear view cameras that are among the first of this technology to be mandated for vehicles. The study results, published in the journal Gerontechnology, suggest that while older drivers find the rear view cameras helpful, they would appreciate more education on how to use them.

Sep
2018

Op-ed: We must do more for seniors coming home from the hospital

September 4, 2018 – Improving the transition from hospital to home will help create a better system that’s both more efficient and cost-effective and improve the standard of care for seniors, say MIRA members Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis in the Vancouver Sun. In this op-ed they point out the status quo is not meeting the needs of our aging population and is failing to provide quality care for today’s seniors. They highlight three of their innovative research projects that can improve the transition from hospital-to-home and help create optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

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