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Jul
2021

Job Posting: Communications Coordinator

July 26, 2021 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is seeking a highly motivated and self-directed communications coordinator to promote awareness of the Institute.

Jul
2021

Announcement: Communications Manager, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

July 22, 2021 – Kara Aaserud will be leaving her position as Communications Manager for the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to take on a new role with McMaster’s Advancement Communications.

Jul
2021

Four MIRA researchers receive funding from the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards Program

July 14, 2021 – Four ​MIRA researchers received funding from the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards Program, designed to support the development of homegrown ideas, products and technologies.

Jul
2021

COVID-19 crisis in Ontario long-term care homes was decades in the making

July 12, 2021 – An analysis of Ontario's long-term care (LTC) sector, involving dozens of interviews with residents' families and frontline staff from across the province, has shown the structure and funding of nursing homes –over half of them for-profit– shaped the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jun
2021

Evidence Review: Partnering with Older Adults and Communities to Develop and Test a Community-Based Program to Enhance Physical and Community Mobility in Older Adults

June 28, 2021 – Researchers from the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit’s EMBOLDEN team have found that group-based physical activity programs that combine different types of exercise are most effective in improving mobility in older adults.

Jun
2021

Large online resource helps navigate pandemic grief and loss

June 28, 2021 – Whether you're dealing with grief or supporting someone who is, a new portal from McMaster researchers and CHMA Hamilton is here to help you.

Jun
2021

NSERC awards funding to two MIRA researchers

June 28, 2021 –The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded funding to two MIRA members, Gary Bone and Cheryl Quenneville, through its Discovery research program.

Jun
2021

Brightside Neighbourhood Project earns President’s Award for Community Engaged Scholarship

June 25, 2021 – For their ongoing collaborative research approach and community engagement, McMaster professor Nancy Bouchier, and Project facilitator Simon Orpana are the recipients of the 2021 President’s Award for Community Engaged Scholarship.

Jun
2021

Newly Released: Improving Hospital-To-Home Transitions for Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs in Ontario

June 21, 2021 – The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a stakeholder dialogue summary, evidence brief, and video interviews on ‘Engaging Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs, and Their Caregivers to Improve Hospital-to-home Transitions in Ontario’.

Jun
2021

Recipients of 2021 AGE-WELL Emerging Entrepreneur Award announced

June 16, 2021 – MIRA's first Labarge Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Patricia Hewston, is a recipient of the AGE-WELL Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

Jun
2021

Four MIRA members named Canada Research Chairs

June 15, 2021 – Four MIRA members, Marla Beauchamp, Tohid Didar, Kathryn Grandfield and Rong Zheng, have been named new Canada Research Chairs.

Jun
2021

Research Brief: Older people as research partners – a systematic review of implementation and impact

June 14, 2021 – Patient and public partners are most likely to be engaged in the execution of research and least likely to be engaged in the preparatory stages of research, say experts from the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging.

Jun
2021

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging hosts CIHR’s flagship Summer Program in Aging

June 10, 2021 – This spring, the CIHR Institute of Aging and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) brought together 57 Canadian and international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the 2021 Summer Program in Aging (SPA), an intensive two-week program focused on longitudinal studies on aging.

Jun
2021

Aging and Health PhD Student attends CIHR’s Summer Program in Aging

June 8, 2021 – Summer Program in Aging (SPA) Trainee, Christine Mills was featured in a blog post describing her experience at the 2021 CIHR Institute of Aging SPA.

May
2021

Three MIRA researchers among nine receiving $2.25 million in New Frontiers funding

May 31, 2021 – MIRA researchers Margaret Fahnestock, Ravi Selvaganapathy and Todd Hoare are among nine researchers receiving Exploration awards, designed to support initiatives that push boundaries and inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

May
2021

MIRA | Collaborative Webinar Series: Engaging and partnering with older adults in the MIRA Collaborative

May 27, 2021 – Join the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging on Wednesday, June 2 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET for the second MIRA | Collaborative webinar, “Engaging and partnering with older adults in the MIRA Collaborative: implementation and evaluation."

May
2021

Size, location, key factors behind COVID outbreaks in retirement homes

May 10, 2021 – MIRA member, Andrew Costa was featured in an article for his study on risk factors for COVID-19 outbreaks at retirement homes in Ontario. He found that homes with large numbers of residents and staff suffered a threefold higher risk of being hit by COVID-19 last year, likely because of more staff coming in and out when providing care.

May
2021

Keep Dance in Mind

May 4, 2021 – Labarge Post-Doctoral Fellow for Mobility in Aging, Patricia Hewston, conducted research to better understand the relationship between dance and brain health. She and her team discovered that dance helps with overall cognitive function, a finding most relevant for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Apr
2021

Instead of jumping the COVID-19 vaccine queue, try acting your age

April 28, 2021 – MIRA member, Nicole Dalmer wrote an article on how older adults are being treated as a hot commodity to get vaccinated but opportunities exist to push back against the aging enterprise and exploitation, and revalue people who consistently end up on the margins.

Apr
2021

MIRA and CIHR Institute of Aging to launch Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2021

April 26, 2021 – The CIHR Institute of Aging has partnered with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to host the 2021 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA 2021), held virtually from May 2 to May 12.

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