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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.

Dec
2020

Axin for a friend: Protein could hold the key to longer, healthier life

December 18, 2020 – MIRA researcher, Bhagwati Gupta, has discovered how a certain protein in the body plays a key role in muscle health maintenance, lifespan and aging.

Dec
2020

MIRA researchers demonstrate continued collaboration, innovation and growth during global pandemic

December 16, 2020 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) held its annual research showcase last week to celebrate exemplary work from its members and to recognize the generous donations of former Chancellor Suzanne Labarge. Throughout the day, which was held virtually for the first time, it became clear that McMaster’s researchers in aging—140 spanning all six Faculties—aren't ​going to let a global pandemic stop them from collaborating, innovating or leveraging their research.

Dec
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Board games for your health and well-being

December 16, 2020 – Despite a limited number of studies, researchers have found that board games have positive effects on the knowledge, cognitive functions, physical activity and anxiety of older adults as well as the severity of Alzheimer's disease.

Dec
2020

Four McMaster researchers named Canada Research Chairs

December 16, 2020 –​ MIRA member, Jennifer Heisz and three other McMaster University researchers have been awarded Canada Research Chairs by the Government of Canada.

Dec
2020

Study finds pandemic impacts retirement homes differently

December 14, 2020 –​ MIRA member, Andrew Costa and his research team found that the Ontario retirement homes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are those with more residents, those connected to a nursing home, owned by large corporations or offering many on-site services.

Dec
2020

In the media: As Canada's population ages, seniors need better access to public transit

December 9, 2020 – MIRA Postdoctoral Fellow Léa Ravensbergen wrote an article for The Conversation about her research, which focuses on older adult experiences on public transit.

Dec
2020

McMaster named Canada’s most research-intensive university for the fourth year in a row

December 8, 2020 – For the fourth consecutive year, McMaster has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university in the annual ranking of the country’s Top 50 Research Universities.

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.

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