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Jun
2020

McMaster study links early menopause and depression

June 23, 2020 – Women who experience menopause before age 40 have a significantly higher risk of depression, say McMaster researchers.

Jun
2020

MIRA Trainee Research Profile: Investigating the effects of low-intensity exercise and multi-nutrient supplementation on mobility in the aging individual, with Matthew Fuda

June 10, 2020 – MIRA Trainee Matthew Fuda is completing a MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF) in the Faculty of Health Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky. During this interview, Matthew spoke to us about his undergraduate research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Jun
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Don't let stigma spread like a virus

June 3, 2020 – The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused such stigma towards various groups, including people of Asian descent; people in close contact with the virus; but also older adults. Avoiding the use of terms that fuel stereotypes about older adults as fragile and vulnerable, spreading the facts, making sure to share trustworthy and evidence-informed information, reminding people about the importance of social cohesion, and encouraging intergenerational solidarity are all ways

Jun
2020

COVID-19 and older adults: A discussion with Maura Marcucci

June 1, 2020 – MIRA member, Dr. Maura Marcucci is leading an online discussion, hosted by the Socrates Project in partnership with MIRA, on June 3 to explore how older adults are affected by COVID-19. The talk with be moderated by Scientific Director of MIRA, Dr. Parminder Raina.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: “Laugh out loud!” Leaning on laughter and humour during difficult times

May 27, 2020 – Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many folks may be experiencing increased worry over contracting or spreading the virus, concern for loved ones, and loneliness that can accompany the need to be physically distant from others. Laughter and humour are strategies that can be used to maintain perspective during difficult times.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Still smoking? Quitting is the first step towards better health

May 26, 2020 – Recently, discussions around the potential links between smoking and COVID-19 have also emerged. Here are resources available to help you or someone you know on your journey to quitting.

May
2020

In the media: New ways to support family caregivers

May 26, 2020 – MIRA member, Dr. Pamela Baxter spoke with CHCH TV about her Canada-wide study of family caregivers supporting loved ones in long-term care.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Urban green spaces designed for all generations

May 20, 2020 – Urban green spaces have the capacity to better the health and well-being of older adults. Interventions aimed at creating, maintaining and preserving urban green spaces have shown to improve physical health, lower levels of stress, reduce levels in crime, and increase perception of security.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Responding to and recovering from disasters together

May 20, 2020 – The COVID-19 global pandemic has added a layer of complexity for caregivers who have had to practice physical distancing, while potentially taking on more responsibilities for their loved ones. The following resources may help caregivers navigate through these challenging times and in the future.

May
2020

In the Media: How to save the economy

May 13, 2020 – Michael Veall, MIRA member and professor of economics at McMaster University, spoke with Maclean's about the economy post-COVID-19.

May
2020

McMaster caregiver program receives national award

May 11, 2020 – Caregiving Essentials, McMaster Continuing Education’s free online program supporting informal caregivers, has won a 2020 Program Award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.

May
2020

Initiatives in healthy aging during COVID-19

May 11, 2020 – McMaster University has been a member of the Age-Friendly University Network since 2017. With pre-existing strengths in research in aging, health sciences and community engagement, McMaster University has been able to pivot quickly and respond to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting older adults during physical distancing measures.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Frauds and scams during COVID-19

May 6, 2020 – 766 cases of fraud in Canada have been reported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are frequently the target of these activities. The Portal outlines a number of tips and recommendations that can protect against frauds and scams.

May
2020

Community resilience: Responding to and recovering from disasters together

May 6, 2020 – Based on a recent, moderate-quality systematic review, nine key elements of resilience have been identified to strengthen a community.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Kicking smoking to the curb: 3 evidence-based ways to aid you on your journey to becoming smoke free

April 29, 2020 – Under the current pandemic, there has never been a better time to quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy, group smoking cessation programs, and telephone support can all increase your chances of successfully quitting.

Apr
2020

Go behind the lab door in new online series featuring McMaster’s top COVID-19 researchers

April 27, 2020 – A new online series is giving McMaster’s top COVID-19 researchers a chance to talk about their work and explain how they’re making a difference in the global efforts to fight the pandemic.

Apr
2020

Connecting communities

April 27, 2020 – Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement is connecting the community and the campus in more tangible ways than ever before.

Apr
2020

“We need to think about how we ensure this doesn’t happen again:” A physician weighs in on long-term care homes and COVID-19

April 24, 2020 – Assistant professor of family medicine at McMaster, Henry Siu was interviewed about the ongoing crisis facing nursing homes under COVID-19.

Apr
2020

Move it or lose it: Sitting around while avoiding COVID-19 creates other health risks, warns exercise researcher

April 23, 2020 – MIRA member and professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster, Dr. Stuart Phillips outlines the importance of physical activity for older adults under pandemic-related isolation.

Apr
2020

Writer in residence seeks writers at home

April 23, 2020 – Writer in Residence Janet Rogers invites Mac students and community members to share stories of what home means to them.

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