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Dec
2020

In the media: After months under COVID-19 seniors are more lonely, less optimistic, new study says Social Sharing

December 3, 2020 – A project funded by MIRA and focused on improving social engagement and reducing risk factors tied to social isolation, was featured in a news story from the CBC.

Nov
2020

Register NOW: MIRA AND LABARGE RESEARCH SHOWCASE 2020

November 18, 2020 – Join us on December 7th for our annual MIRA and Labarge Research Day as we showcase research in aging from across McMaster University and recognize the generous donations of Suzanne Labarge. This year, our research day will be held virtually and will highlight interdisciplinary research in aging, real-world examples of how researchers have pivoted to adapt to COVID-19, and strategies for leveraging funding to further launch programs of research in mobility and aging. Register by December 1: bit.ly/MIRA-Labarge-Research-Day-2020

Nov
2020

McMaster researchers study saliva-based, asymptomatic testing as a route to limit the spread of COVID-19

November 18, 2020 – MIRA Member, Dr. Dawn Bowdish was featured in an article about her research studying the saliva-based testing procedures that would enable routine testing of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.

Nov
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Caregivers: Unsung heroes of the pandemic

October 21, 2020 – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put pressures on all of us, but among all those affected since the start of the pandemic, one group has met incredible challenges: caregivers. More than ever, we need one another. And more than ever, we need healthy caregivers with appropriate supports.

Oct
2020

Tapering down medications for better health

October 14, 2020 – MIRA researcher and principal investigator for TAPER, Dee Mangin was featured in a story from Brighter World about her promising research on reducing the number of unnecessary medications older adults take.

Oct
2020

MIRA IDEA EXCHANGE: EXPLORING CAPACITY FOR REMOTE RESEARCH

October 13, 2020 – During our first Idea Exchange, we explored concerns and challenges you've faced (and overcome) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ways MIRA can best support you and your research during this time. Various themes emerged: Exploring the capacity for remote research; opportunities in acknowledging the "new normal"; advocacy and support for non-COVID research; and the voice of the older person. Please join us on Wednesday, October 14, from 1 - 2 p.m. as we incorporate a co-design approach to further explore options, solutions, and opportunities around remote research.

Oct
2020

WATCH: COVID-19 and aging adults

October 2, 2020 – Scientific director of MIRA, Dr. Parminder Raina explains how a national study involving 19,000 Canadians will investigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 among aging Canadians.

Oct
2020

McMaster researchers collaborate on N95 respirator made and approved in Canada

September 29, 2020 – MIRA researcher, Ravi Selvaganapathy and his team from private industry and McMaster University have successfully created an N95 respirator approved for sale in Canada.

Oct
2020

$4M launches national study on COVID-19 antibodies in older adults

October 1, 2020 – The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is launching a national study to investigate the burden of SARS-CoV-2 infection among aging Canadians.

Sep
2020

Stay connected, informed and engaged: A resource guide for older adults

October 1, 2020 – October 1, 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), the United Nations’ way of acknowledging the contributions, needs, challenges and rights of our aging population. Over the last six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly and severely impacted the lives of many older adults worldwide. This year’s theme, Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?, aims to raise awareness of the specific needs of older adults during a pandemic. Through evidence-based research and multiple resources and platforms that offer opportunities for older adults to connect and stay engaged despite physical distancing measures, McMaster University is also addressing the needs of older adults. The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) has compiled the following ways to stay engaged in uncertain times.

Sep
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Pandemics and panic buying

September 23, 2020 – Panic buying can limit or prevent the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and low-income individuals, from accessing certain products. Read about the ways in which we can face adversity together without giving in to panic buying.

Sep
2020

In the media | Life after COVID: How patients and researchers are learning what 'recovered' means

September 21, 2020 – MIRA members Jeremy Hirota and John Connolly were featured in an article from the CBC for their research on the long-term effects of COVID-19 on people who have had the virus.

Sep
2020

In the media: McMaster professors named Canadian Academy of Health Sciences fellows

September 21, 2020 – MIRA researcher, Lehana Thabane has been named a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) fellow. ​

Sep
2020

In the media: COVID-19’s silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

September 17, 2020 – MIRA member, Allison Williams writes about her discoveries as a health geographer working with a team studying the space and time pressures carer-employees experience daily that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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 | Repair work: A Q and A with researcher Xu-Dong Zhu

September 15, 2020 – MIRA member, Xu-Dong Zhu was interviewed for a Q and A about her research on cancer and aging.

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.

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