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Feb
2021

McMaster Continuing Education offers a new course in infection prevention and control for caregivers

February 16, 2021 – McMaster University Continuing Education has developed and launched a free, online, self-paced course aimed at families and caregivers, and teaches best-practice infection control techniques for home and health-care settings.

Feb
2021

MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging webinar series: Pivoting a large-scale aging research initiative due to the COVID-19 pandemic

February 11, 2021 – The MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging is hosting their first webinar “Pivoting a large-scale aging research initiative due to the COVID-19 pandemic" on February 26 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Feb
2021

From the optimal aging portal | Rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines (Part 2): Allocating vaccines and necessary equipment equitably

February 10, 2021 – Several national and international organizations developed frameworks consisting of key principles to guide COVID-19 vaccine allocation and prioritization.

Feb
2021

McMaster researchers leading international study to test three widely available drugs for early COVID-19 treatment

February 11, 2021 – MIRA researcher Lehana Thabane, and other McMaster University researchers, are leading a large international study to test three widely available, cost-effective drugs to treat early COVID-19 infections.

Feb
2021

In the media: What experts say needs to change in long-term care in COVID-19

February 4, 2021 – MIRA member, Andrew Costa was interviewed for a story by the Hamilton Spectator on the newly released recommendations to control COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

Feb
2021

To prevent millions more masks in landfills, McMaster researchers develop a way to recycle them

February 3, 2021 – A McMaster research hub, lead by MIRA member Ravi Selvaganapathy, has partnered with BC-Vitacore to launch Canada's first end-to-end recycling program for single-use masks and respirators.

Feb
2021

Older caregivers struggling with home care during COVID-19

February 2, 2021 – Older caregivers report unprecedented and unrelenting levels of responsibility, stress and isolation due to COVID-19 and pandemic-related protocols.

Feb
2021

McMaster awarded $1M to address undiagnosed dementia gap

February 1, 2021 – More than 432,000 Canadians over the age of 65 are living with dementia, but there is no current estimate of undiagnosed dementia in Canada. A new investment in a flagship research initiative led by McMaster University will change that by addressing the knowledge gap around undiagnosed dementia and improving understanding of known and emerging risk factors related to the disease.

Jan
2021

Study highlights the power of social movements for community health as pandemic continues

January 29, 2021 – A study funded by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and lead by MIRA member, Hsien Seow, examined the spread and use of the #caremongering movement as a tool for addressing community health and social needs.

Jan
2021

From the optimal aging portal | Rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines (Part 1): Securing and distributing a reliable supply of vaccines

January 27, 2021 – After months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is hope on the horizon with the approval and start of the roll-out of several vaccines.

Jan
2021

In the media | The problem with profits: As Ontario’s long-term-care homes stagger under a COVID death toll of more than 3,000, some say it’s time to shut down for-profit homes for good

January 26, 2021 – MIRA member Andrew Costa was interviewed by the Toronto Star for a story on whether for-profit long-term care homes in Ontario should close their doors for good.

Jan
2021

McMaster Centre of Excellence receives $1.2M to advance Canadian-made PPE

January 26, 2021 – Ontario is investing $1.2 million in Canada's first and only a research hub dedicated to developing, testing and validating personal protective equipment. MIRA member Ravi Selvaganapathy is the hub's director.

Jan
2021

Apply Now: CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA 2021)

December 10, 2020 – Applications for the CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA) are now open.

Jan
2021

In the media: How paramedics can help keep older Ontarians healthy — and out of the ER

January 22, 2021 – MIRA member, Gina Agarwal, was interviewed about a program she co-founded targeting the health and well-being of older adults in social-housing in Ontario.

Jan
2021

New dean appointed for DeGroote School of Business

January 14, 2021 – MIRA member Khaled Hassanein has been named the new Dean of the Faculty of Business at McMaster University.

Jan
2021

McMaster receives $1M to lead COVID-19 evidence network

January 13, 2021 – The COVID-19 Evidence Network led by MIRA | Collaborative for health & Aging researcher John Lavis has received $1M to ensure decision-makers have access to the best COVID-19 science.

Jan
2021

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Violence against women and COVID-19: A pandemic within a pandemic

January 13, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated other types of pandemics, such as violence against women. Violence against women is a tragic and complex phenomenon and we must act proactively and not remain silent in the face of such violence.

Jan
2021

In the Media: Ten new Order of Hamilton members honoured at Mayor’s New Year’s Levee

January 3, 2021 – MIRA member Dr. Margaret Denton was honored at the Hamilton Mayor's New Year’s Levee for her community leadership and championing for seniors in Hamilton. ​

Dec
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: The untold story inside you

December 30, 2020 – Chronic conditions have a significant burden on those who suffer from them, their caregivers and the entire health and social system. Fortunately there are several ways that writing can impact physical health to express ourselves or through cognitive restructuring linking memory, emotions, chronic stress and physical health.

Dec
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Aging optimally in 2021

December 29, 2020 – As we look toward a new year, we often make resolutions, many of which are centred around health and wellness. While we continue to navigate lockdown restrictions in many parts of the country, there are ways in which you can stay healthy, both mind and body, while at home.

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