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Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Making informed housing decisions during a pandemic

April 22, 2020 – Two recent decision aids have been published to help older adults, families and their caregivers who are grappling with difficult housing decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020 – Having to isolate and stay at home, COVID-19 poses a threat to our health and wellbeing, especially in older adults with severe medical conditions. Fortunately, there are different self-care and technology related strategies that have shown to be effective in improving the mental health and wellbeing of older adults.

Apr
2020

National study collecting data on aging adults’ experience during COVID-19

April 22, 2020 – The COVID-19 study is being conducted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national research platform on health and aging involving more than 50,000 participants across 10 provinces. Funding is provided by MIRA, McMaster University and Juravinski Research Institute through a new gift earlier this month for research on the pandemic from Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski.

Apr
2020

McMaster researchers to identify who gets sick with COVID-19

April 17, 2020 – MIRA members Dawn Bowdish and Michael Surette received research funding to boost their work to identify COVID-19 infection rates and to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus.

Apr
2020

In the media: Long term care homes and COVID-19

April 17, 2020 – MIRA member Dawn Bowdish participated in a TVO panel of all women researchers.

Apr
2020

A friendly voice to keep isolation at bay

April 10, 2020 – McMaster students are offering a friendly voice and a helping hand to older adults in isolation during the pandemic.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Aging Portal: When misinformation becomes viral

April 8, 2020 – A lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, which can be exacerbated by a ton of information circulating on media and social networks. Interventions to correct misinformation should provide coherent explanations that describe what really happened and why it happened.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Looking for exercises to do at home? Pilates and yoga can help you keep physically and mentally fit!

April 8, 2020 – Coping with the reality of a pandemic can have implications on all aspects of our wellbeing. Strategies such as Pilates and Yoga can help maintain our mental, cognitive and physical health while at home.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: How caregivers can remain connected to their loved ones

April 7, 2020 – Leaning more heavily on technology may help caregivers stay connected to their loved ones while also making essential tasks like medication reminders easier. There are a number of apps and technology devices that can be used for a variety of needs.

Apr
2020

Trainee Research Profile: What does biophysics tell us about amyloid?

April 4, 2020 – Kate Zou completed a MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF) in the Physics department under the supervision of Dr. Maikel Rheinstädter in the summer of 2019. During this interview, Kate spoke to us about her undergraduate research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Apr
2020

In the media: Seniors need support through COVID-19 shutdown

April 4, 2020 – MIRA members Alexandra Papaioannou and Brenda Vrkljan discuss current challenges for older adults living alone under new social-isolation guidelines for seniors.

Apr
2020

“I think that art can help us rise up when the conditions require it”

April 3, 2020 – The people at the McMaster Museum of Art are doing everything they can to connect with folks kept home by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr
2020

Watch: McMaster researchers say thank you to Charles and Margaret Juravinski

April 3, 2020 – Meet some of the COVID-19 and brain-health researchers whose work the Juravinski Research Institute is supporting with its $3.3-million gift.

Apr
2020

Juravinski Research Institute funds COVID-19 research projects

April 3, 2020 – Philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski have made a new gift of $3.3 million to accelerate COVID-19-related and brain health research as part of the newly formed Juravinski Research Institute in Hamilton.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Ways to stay active while at home

March 31, 2020 – Exercise has many benefits for people of all ages, but for older adults specifically, it helps to improve muscle strength, balance and overall quality of life. By incorporating exercise into our daily routine, we are helping both our body and our brain stay fit.

Mar
2020

Optimal Aging Portal puts focus on strategies for staying active and engaged during pandemic

March 28, 2020 – The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (mcmasteroptimalaging.org), a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Reading to escape isolation

March 25, 2020 – In this troubled time when we are isolated, but also bombarded with stressful information, we must find solutions to entertain ourselves and escape (if only for a moment) from this reality. Could reading be a solution?

Mar
2020

MIRA's response to COVID-19: A message from the Scientific Director

March 24, 2020 – It’s been a challenging week and a half as we adjust to our new reality on campus, throughout Ontario, Canada and the world. I know that many of you are feeling anxious, so I’d like to take this time to remind you that as researchers, managing the “unknown” is precisely what we excel at. We are problem solvers who are used to developing innovative solutions to wicked problems, and we will get through this together. We would also like to share with you that while MIRA’s office at the McMaster Innovation Park is officially closed, MIRA is still operational and staff are working remotely. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns as they relate to our operations, research support, events and funding. Please take a moment to review the following changes to our funding cycle and events. ​

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Staying connected while practicing social and physical distancing

March 24, 2020 – Research studies suggest that social networking sites such as Facebook are a good mechanism to help reduce feelings of social isolation, especially in older adults and improve quality of life.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Staying active during a difficult time

March 18, 2020 – Under the COVID-19 pandemic, many are worried about staying holed up in their homes, being physically inactive and socially isolated. Here are a few ideas to help you stay active and engaged during this difficult period.

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