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Aug
2019

Hospital and McMaster family medicine work to prioritize patient's wishes in long-term care

August 6, 2019 – Every day in Ontario, long-term care residents are at risk of receiving unwanted and non-beneficial treatment because of errors related to consent. Now, McMaster University's Department of Family Medicine and the William Osler Health System (WOHS) are teaming together on a project to reduce the number of long-term care patients in Ontario who, because of these errors, are transferred back and forth to hospital multiple times before they die.

Aug
2019

New research seeks to identify effective ways to improve road safety for seniors, cyclists

August 13, 2019 – The effectiveness of interventions geared to helping municipal and provincial governments improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians – particularly seniors – is the focus of new research to be led by former CHEPA director Michel Grignon, funded by a one-year $40,000 MIRA/Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) Catalyst Grant.

Aug
2019

Experts in aging to discuss social equity and global longevity at two upcoming MIRA events

August 6, 2019 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) ​is hosting its International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) in Hamilton this month. As part of annual visit, MIRA will host two ​special events on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 exploring social equity and the global longevity revolution.

Jul
2019

Labarge Post-Doctoral Fellow Profiled on Harvard Website

July 29, 2019 – Dr. Patricia Hewston, recipient of the Labarge Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Mobility, was recently profiled by Harvard Business School Online, outlining her experience with the Leadership Principles certificate program.

Jul
2019

MIRA Researcher Spotlight: Paula Gardner

July 24, 2019 – Paula Gardner is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, the Asper Chair in Communications, and the director of the Pulse Lab at McMaster University. Her research interests include digital culture, biometric technological practices and feminist media studies. ​She leads the ABLE project (Arts Based Therapies Enabling Longevity for Geriatric Outpatients), which, in partnership with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the GERAS Centre, brings together researchers from five McMaster faculties to develop technologies that will enhance the cognitive, physical and emotional health of frail older adults.

Jul
2019

Researching ways for a brighter, more independent world for older adults

July 24, 2019 – The Future of Aging: Smart Technologies showcased research and technologies to enable independence in older adults.

Jul
2019

SSHRC awards Mac researchers $3.6 million in grants

July 17, 2019 – Learn more about the 30 research projects — covering a massive breadth of subjects and disciplines — that have earned funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Jul
2019

In the media: McMaster University testing new tech at Westdale Smart Home to help seniors live on their own

July 17, 2019 – The Westdale Smart Home, a project led by MIRA researcher and professor of Engineering, Qiyin Fang, was featured in The Hamilton Spectator.

Jul
2019

The Future of Aging: Smart Technologies Event

July 12, 2019 – McMaster event to highlight technologies to support older adults. The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is partnering with the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences and Science for a full day of exploring new research and smart technologies that can change the future of aging.

Jul
2019

Partnership created to uncover reasons for frailty in aging populations

July 10, 2019 – The Canadian Frailty Network, the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA), the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Metabolon, Inc. have announced a collaborative partnership to develop a $4-million research program. This will perform large-scale metabolomic profiling and biomarker identification on samples from Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on aging.

Jul
2019

In the Media: Senior Fitness - What’s Your Fitness Age?

July 5, 2019 – MIRA researcher and professor of Kinesiology, Stuart Phillips, was featured on Global News talking about the MacSeniors Exercise and Wellness Program and the importance of health and fitness in older adults.

Jun
2019

Suzanne Labarge among McMaster alumni named to Order of Canada

June 28, 2019 – Suzanne Labarge ‘67, McMaster’s outgoing chancellor, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for her “exceptional business leadership and for her volunteerism and generous philanthropy.”

Jun
2019

In the Media: McMaster University creates plan to include Hamilton seniors

June 26, 2019 – MIRA's Age-Friendly University (AFU) event was featured on CHCH News, highlighting the steps McMaster is taking to improve accessibility ​and encourage older adults to visit ​campus.

Jun
2019

For the ages: How McMaster University is becoming age friendly

June 24, 2019 – In October 2017, McMaster became the second Canadian University to join the Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, a global body of institutions committed to becoming more universally accessible. This week, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is releasing the Age-Friendly University Report, outlining steps McMaster is taking to improve the accessibility of the campus, understand the needs of older adults coming to campus, and encourage the participation of older adults in education, research, health, and cultural activities.

Jun
2019

Celebrating longtime employees: Where were you 45 years ago?

June 24, 2019 – In 1974, Ontario minimum wage rose from $2.00 to $2.20, Winnipeg’s Terry Jacks topped the charts with “Seasons in the Sun,” and the federal Liberals were re-elected to a majority, giving Pierre Trudeau a third term as Prime Minister.

Jun
2019

New Collaborations on the Horizon for designCORE and MIRA

June 24, 2019 – A member of McMaster Institute for Research in Aging (MIRA) and the lead of the ‘McMaster Smart Home for Ageing’ research living lab, Professor Fang’s visit served to further develop postgraduate research and undergraduate projects in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by McMaster University and designCORE in 2018.

Jun
2019

Scientists map elusive toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, providing new molecular clues for prevention

June 20, 2019 – A team of researchers from McMaster University has mapped at atomic resolution a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, allowing them to better understand what is happening deep within the brain during the earliest stages of the disease.

Jun
2019

Parents Are Hard to Raise

June 18, 2019 – MIRA researcher and associate professor in the department of family medicine, Doug Oliver, was featured on Parents Are Hard to Raise, a podcast hosted by Diane Berardi. Dr. Oliver discussed his work with Health TAPESTRY, an innovative program that is using technology, people and community to help our aging parents live healthier, longer.

Jun
2019

Hamilton memory care centre will serve as living lab for researchers in aging

June 14, 2019 – A new seniors residence in Hamilton designed to improve the quality of life of its ​residents.​ Set to open its doors in December 2020,​ Ressam Gardens will also act as a space where partners, ​including the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), ​can develop and test advanced smart systems that may positively impact this population.

Jun
2019

New provincial research centre brings expertise in healthy aging

June 6, 2019 – Older adults range in age from 65 to 105 and represent widely varying health and social needs, yet this growing cohort is often grouped in one category. Two established research platforms of McMaster University aim to address the diverse needs of Ontario’s older adults by supporting and advancing patient and caregiver-partnered research in aging.

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