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Sep
2020

In the media | Three things McMaster researchers are learning about aging during the pandemic

September 17, 2020 – From measuring loneliness to physical movement, MIRA members, Hsien Seow, Marla Beauchamp and Victor Kuperman have all been diligently studying the detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on older adults.

Sep
2020

In the media | Early menopause puts women at ‘significantly’ higher risk of depression, study finds

September 15, 2020 – Using baseline data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a McMaster research study finds that early menopause puts women at a significantly higher risk of depression.

Sep
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Grieving experiences in the context of a pandemic: how to support individual and collective grief

September 9, 2020 – Relevant measures to support mass grief and bereavement in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic have been identified and could be adopted into national strategies around the world.

Sep
2020

In the media | Caregivers can visit Hamilton long-term-care homes any time as of Wednesday

September 9, 2020 – MIRA members, Pamela Baxter and Henry Siu were interviewed for a story by the Hamilton Spectator about a recent update to a provincial policy for long-term care homes.

Sep
2020

MIRA member recognized by the Royal Society of Canada

September 8, 2020 – MIRA researcher and professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University, Dawn Bowdish is being honoured by the Royal Society of Canada.

Sep
2020

Pivoting with older adults during COVID-19

September 8, 2020 – From creating toolkits for patients and caregivers to offering webinars on patient partnership and virtual care, the MIRA | Collaborative on Health and Aging has pivoted quickly to catch the curve balls thrown by the pandemic.

Sep
2020

In the media | Co-housing brings seniors company, support during pandemic

September 3, 2020 – MIRA Trainee, Rasmi Kokash, was featured in an article from the Hamilton Spectator about his participation in Symbiosis, a cohabiting program involving an exchange between isolated older adults and students at McMaster.

Aug
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Alternatives to the car

August 26, 2020 – If alternatives to the car are not seen as viable options by older adults themselves, attempts to reduce their use of the car will most likely be unsuccessful. What solutions should be considered to meet their need for mobility?

Aug
2020

In the media | Ontario researchers study ‘doors’ in human cells affected by COVID-19

August 12, 2020 – MIRA member, Jeremy Hirota was featured in an article from Global News about his co-lead investigation on the entry points of viruses in the human body and its controversial implications for the novel coronavirus.

Aug
2020

In the media | GPS volunteer is a friendly face at MCH

August 11, 2020 – MIRA Trainee, Rasmi Kokash was featured in an article from Hamilton Health Sciences about his volunteer experience at the McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH).

Aug
2020

In the media | Non-profit helps local seniors learn tech skills for surviving in a pandemic

August 12, 2020 – MIRA Trainee, Dr. Aki-Juhani Kyroelaeinen was interviewed for an article from the Hamilton Spectator on helping older adults stay connected virtually during the pandemic.

Aug
2020

In the media | Brace yourself for these results: Novel experiment isolates genes that cause some people to gain muscle while others don’t

August 12, 2020 – MIRA member, Stuart Phillips was interviewed about the results from a study he supervised investigating why some weightlifters’ muscles grow much more quickly than others'.

Aug
2020

In the Media | Sharon Kaasalainen appointed inaugural Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing

August 4, 2020 – MIRA member Sharon Kaasalainen has been named the inaugural Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing at McMaster University.

Jul
2020

Using technology to predict the degree of social isolation and loneliness in older adults

July 31, 2020 – MIRA Trainee, Dr. Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen is working on two software applications that identify “linguistic markers” of social isolation and loneliness in personal life stories written by older adults.

Jul
2020

In the Media | Mac study shows more COVID infections, deaths at for-profit long-term-care homes. But not because of funding model

July 27, 2020 – MIRA member, Andrew Costa was featured in an article from the Hamilton Spectator about his study on long-term-care homes in Ontario during COVID-19.

Jul
2020

In the media | Coronavirus and the brain: Diagnosing and treating COVID-19’s neurological effects

July 23, 2020 – MIRA researcher, John Connolly wrote an article on his laboratory's success in correcting misconceptions about neurocognitive function after a brain injury and how their pioneering EEG methods will be useful to assess COVID-19 patients.

Jul
2020

MIRA Webinar | Taking a holistic approach to frailty and resilience in older age

July 23, 2020 – Frailty assessments are usually validated by how well they predict mortality, long-term care admission, or hospitalization, and this has led to the concept that frailty is a one-way street to end of life. However, frailty interventions can be successful and lead to a reduction in vulnerability to adverse outcomes. During this webinar, guest speaker Dr. Carol Holland, psychologist and researcher at the Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University, will discuss how combining quantitative intervention outcomes associated with physical strength and qualitative measures capturing psychological resilience can explain how with people of similar levels of physical frailty show “resilience despite frailty.”

Jul
2020

In the Media | Diana Sherifali wins supervision award

July 21, 2020 – MIRA member, Diana Sherifali has received the Faculty of Health Sciences post-doctoral fellowship supervision award.

Jul
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Do not go through the ordeal alone: Grief in times of pandemics

July 15, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted individual and societal experiences of end of life care, grief and bereavement due to public-health measures to counter the spread of the virus. What can we learn from past pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks about the care or supports required to allow people to grieve when strict public-health measures are in place?

Jul
2020

MIRA awards $75,000 in funding for COVID-19 research with focus on older adults

July 13, 2020 – The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are pleased to announce recipients of its Labarge COVID-19 grants, which focus on mobility in aging within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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