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Apr
2018

University Scholar Prize awarded to MIRA researcher

April 6, 2018 – The title is intended to recognize faculty members in mid-career who have already distinguished themselves as international scholars.

Apr
2018

Informal caregivers need better support

April 5, 2018 – Up to 80 per cent of community care for older adults is provided by unpaid informal caregivers. In the absence of government supports, many of them struggle with exhaustion, stress and depression.

Mar
2018

‘It’s not just words in a book’

March 27, 2018 – Anju Joshi delights in surprising people. When she was in her 20s, she started her decades-long career in gerontology. Now, after more than three decades of teaching students about aging, she's ready to retire and switch her focus to helping young people.

Mar
2018

New guidelines offer solutions to create “caregiver-friendly” workplaces

March 26, 2018 – New guidelines developed by McMaster researcher Allison Williams, in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association, are aimed at helping employers support workers who are caring for aging, chronically ill, or disabled loved ones while continuing to work full or part-time.

Mar
2018

MIRA represents McMaster at the 2nd international age-friendly universities conference in Dublin

March 21, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging joined other members of the international Age-Friendly University (AFU) network last week at the second international age-friendly universities conference in Dublin, University. The two-day conference, which was hosted by Dublin City University (DCU), saw higher education institutes, policymakers, government and civic society come together at Croke Park to discuss research, policy and practice around aging and accessibility.

Mar
2018

Designing for dementia: A human-centred approach

March 15, 2018 – Long-term care residents with dementia commonly exhibit behaviours that range from restlessness and agitation to verbal and physical aggression. The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), together with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare, are presenting a seminar on March 20 highlighting one team’s unique approach to managing these types of behaviours.

Mar
2018

Driven to improve the lives of Canada’s seniors

March 14, 2018 – It was Brenda Vrkljan’s patients who inspired her to get into research. Working as an occupational therapist in a hospital serving a small Ontario community, Vrkljan noted the importance her patients put on returning to driving their car as soon as possible.

Mar
2018

MIRA launches webinar series to highlight McMaster’s researchers in aging

March 14, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is launching a webinar series that will feature new, mid-career and established researchers in aging from across all six Faculties. The webinars will provide a forum for discussion around aging research. Some examples of topics include design thinking strategies for research in aging, mobility and social isolation in older adults, and how to use big data to predict health decline and disability.

Mar
2018

Two McMaster researchers in aging presented with Women of Distinction Awards

March 9, 2018 – Congratulations to Kimberley Dej and Anju Joshi, two of McMaster's ​researchers in aging who were among the recipients of the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Feb
2018

Scientific Director of MIRA named member of National Seniors Council

February 23, 2018 – Parminder Raina, a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University, specializing in the epidemiology of aging, has been appointed a member of the National Seniors Council (NSC) for three years. The NSC was established in 2007 to advise the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of older adults.

Feb
2018

GERAS Centre announces falls prevention video series

February 20, 2018 – Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, and the GERAS Centre for Aging Research announced a new video series aimed at educating health care professionals to prevent falls and fractures for long-term care (LTC) residents.

Feb
2018

Give your memory a workout: Scientists explore high-tech and low-key ways to improve recall

February 20, 2018 – Thirty-six million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In Canada, 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Those sobering numbers have researchers around the globe racing to come up with new ways to help the brain fend off memory loss.

Feb
2018

McMaster’s Waterloo medical campus puts older and younger together to address education gap

February 14, 2018 – To build better relationships between future physicians and older adults, an elder care education program is being rolled out by the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The program, launched in January, intends to promote intergenerational learning through three main initiatives: MacPAGE, Make a New Old Friend and the Green Bench.

Feb
2018

Keeping grandparents and grandchildren together for as long as possible

February 9, 2018 – Academic scientist and MIRA member Dawn Bowdish on the search for how - and why - we get sick as we age. Raised in Hamilton, Bowdish was inspired to pursue a career in science after a high school co-op placement at McMaster University. Read her full story here.

Feb
2018

Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40

February 7, 2018 – People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research at McMaster University.

Feb
2018

Your dollars, your impact: assessing lung function in older Canadians

February 2, 2018 – A Lung Association grant has been awarded to MIRA member, Chris Verschoor, M.Sc, Ph.D. Verschoor and his team from McMaster University aim to use information from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) to undertake a thorough investigation of the lifestyle, health, disease and psychosocial factors that influence lung function in older Canadian adults, specifically those who do not have any obvious cause of lung health loss.

Jan
2018

Hacking Health in Hamilton

January 29, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is pleased to ​sponsor Hacking Health Hamilton, an annual hackathon that's designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. This year, the hackathon will focus on identifying new technologies and services to support healthy aging. It will take place over the weekend of February 9 - 11, and is expected to be a fun, hands-on event where small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.

Jan
2018

Redefining aging research in Canada and around the world

January 26, 2018 – Living long is not the ultimate goal. Living well is the ultimate goal. That is the mantra of Parminder Raina, scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, more commonly known by its acronym, MIRA.By focusing on making people’s lives better, Parminder Raina hopes to break down stereotypes and combat ageism.

Jan
2018

Can gaming tech improve the health of older and frail adults?

January 25, 2018 – When Paula Gardner and her now-PhD student, Stephen Surlin, tested out their new interactive software with seniors at Toronto’s Baycrest geriatric hospital a couple of years ago, they got concerned after 20 minutes. The software was working well – a little too well. Read more to find out how McMaster researchers are using gaming technology to improve health outcomes for older and frail adults.

Jan
2018

Ask an expert: “Is it possible to reverse some of the negative effects of aging by becoming more active?”

January 25, 2018 – Readers of MAC the Magazine ask Dr. Stuart Phillips: “Is it possible to reverse some of the negative effects of aging by becoming more active?”

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