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Oct
2018

Exchange scholarship to facilitate joint research between Ireland’s Institute of Technology Carlow and MIRA

October 20, 2018 – Dr. P.J. White, research leader at designCORE, a research centre at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland, has received the James M Flaherty Award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation (ICUP) scholarship, which facilitates scholarly exchange. For five weeks, starting November 5, White will live in Hamilton and collaborate with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) at McMaster University.

Oct
2018

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

October 9, 2018 – While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.

Oct
2018

Can music and hearing loss go together? MIRA and HPO to explore that question at downtown Hamilton event

October 3, 2018 – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are partnering next week to examine whether music and aging-related hearing loss can go together. This engaging multidisciplinary talk will feature the music of Beethoven, and explore how his life evolved due to his own struggles with deafness. Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go together? will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). It is second in a public series developed by MIRA and the HPO, in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), to explore synergies between aging and music.

Oct
2018

On International Day of Older Persons, McMaster experts weigh in on what it takes to age well

October 1, 2018 – Most of us would agree that living longer is a good thing – as long as we have our independence, mobility, social connections, financial stability and health. But we know that’s not always the case. Why, then, do some people age better than others? Are there things we can do to help ourselves age well? How do we ensure we not only age well as individuals, but as a community and a broader population? Researchers from McMaster University’s Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are seeking answers to these questions and more.

Sep
2018

Susan Denburg elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

September 18, 2018 – Susan Denburg is the executive vice-dean and associate vice-president, academic in Health Sciences. Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community.

Sep
2018

Survey: How Age-Friendly is McMaster University?

September 7, 2018 – McMaster has recently joined the Age Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. The network has created ten principles that age-friendly universities aim to meet. The principles include older adult involvement in research and educational initiatives, as well as involvement in the broader university community. MIRA is collecting information related to the current status of these principles at McMaster to understand perceptions around principles that McMaster is currently meeting, and where there are opportunities for improvement

Sep
2018

CBC’s The National highlights McMaster’s work connecting students and seniors

September 6, 2018 – A new housing program created by McMaster is proving to be a win-win for students and local seniors.

Sep
2018

Study shows older drivers use rear view cameras, but would benefit from training

September 5, 2018 – What impact do advanced driver assistance systems have on older drivers? Researchers at McMaster University are asking that question, with a new study focused specifically on rear view cameras that are among the first of this technology to be mandated for vehicles. The study results, published in the journal Gerontechnology, suggest that while older drivers find the rear view cameras helpful, they would appreciate more education on how to use them.

Sep
2018

Op-ed: We must do more for seniors coming home from the hospital

September 4, 2018 – Improving the transition from hospital to home will help create a better system that’s both more efficient and cost-effective and improve the standard of care for seniors, say MIRA members Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis in the Vancouver Sun. In this op-ed they point out the status quo is not meeting the needs of our aging population and is failing to provide quality care for today’s seniors. They highlight three of their innovative research projects that can improve the transition from hospital-to-home and help create optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

Aug
2018

MIRA and its Labarge Centre award more than $400,000 in funding to trainees in aging and mobility

August 27, 2018 – Eight researchers at McMaster University have received new funding from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) to be used to explore the diverse connection between mobility and healthy aging. Altogether, trainees are receiving $433,000 from the LCMA, and an additional $133,000 through matching contributions from other sources.

Aug
2018

How long will people be able to live in the future?

August 3, 2018 – Every Friday this summer, McMaster University chooses an expert to answer a selection of questions posed by alumni through the Question of the Week Club. This week's answer is provided by Dr. Parminder Raina, the scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. As principal investigator for the ground-breaking and comprehensive Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, Dr. Raina's work brings together experts in physical, psychological and social health fields to unlock some of the greatest mysteries of aging that have the most impact on the health of Canadians.

Aug
2018

MIRA hosts provincial meeting to discuss collaboration in aging research

August 1, 2018 – Leaders in aging research from several Ontario universities and colleges gathered at the McMaster Innovation Park last Wednesday to explore ways to work together collaboratively. The full-day, facilitated meeting was initiated by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, which recognizes that partnership is critical to develop actionable strategies that will address the opportunities and challenges facing our growing population of older adults.

Jul
2018

Just two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients

July 31, 2018 – Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of the disease and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but researchers reported that some study participants did not fully recover when they returned to normal activity for two weeks.

Jul
2018

Fresh Faces: Rong Zheng

July 18, 2018 – MIRA member Rong Zheng is a professor and associate chair in McMaster's department of Computing and Software in the Faculty of Engineering. She joined McMaster in 2013. Here, she talks about her work, her interest in research in aging, her passion for being outside and what her mom taught her about freedom.

Jul
2018

Participants needed for research in campus walkability

July 3, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is looking for volunteers who are 65 years and older to take part in a study of the walkability of the McMaster University main campus. Participants would be asked to take part in a 45-minute walk of the McMaster University main campus and a one hour focus group after the walk. Click this link for a letter of information which provides full details about the study. As a member of the Age Friendly University Network, McMaster University is committed to providing a more walkable and age-friendly campus. We are collecting information to assess the current walkability of the McMaster campus in order to provide suggestions to create a more walkable campus for older adults. This will increase our ability to bring together older adults and other members of the university community. Ultimately, the goal is to create a more accessible and pedestrian friendly campus that can be used by people of all ages. For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact: Amanda Whalen McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) 905-525-9140 Ext. 27506 whalea1@mcmaster.ca This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance, by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

Jun
2018

MIRA member named to Order of Canada

June 29, 2018 – Eight professors and alumni, including Jamal Deen, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, are becoming members of the Order of Canada. Their appointments were announced Friday by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.

Jun
2018

Fostering undergraduate research

June 20, 2018 – MIRA member and mechanical engineering assistant professor Cheryl Quenneville has won the $25,000 Petro-Canada-McMaster Young Innovator award. The award helps build a connection between research and teaching by engaging undergraduate students in research.

Jun
2018

Come for the music; stay for the science

June 15, 2018 – A string trio, a scientist and a composer explain how much live music — and conversation — relies on body language and non-audible cues. The event was a collaboration between MIRA, the LIVElab, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamilton Public Library.

Jun
2018

MIRA researcher spotlight: Gavin Andrews

June 14, 2018 – Gavin Andrews is a leading health geographer based at McMaster University’s Department of Health, Aging and Society. He was the inaugural chair of that unit between 2006 and 2011 and was the Acting Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging from 2017-2018. Gavin’s multidisciplinary research explores a wide range of empirical themes including aging, health care work, sports and fitness, complementary medicine, health histories and popular music. Gavin asks important questions about the relationships between older people and place, and about the current state and future development of health geography. He recently co-edited a book entitled ”Geographical Gerontology” that highlights the importance of where aging occurs, how it is experienced differently by different people in different places.

Jun
2018

McMaster Symbiosis Student-Senior Co-housing Program

June 6, 2018 – The Symbiosis Co-housing Program connects graduate students in need of low-cost housing with seniors who have a spare room and who could benefit from companionship and a bit of extra support. The Program is now seeking older adults who may be interested in offering co-housing to a student this fall. The three matches made last year, the pilot year, are continuing this year – signaling successful arrangements for both seniors and students. Hamilton Aging Together promotes this superb example of aging in community and can assist either seniors or students in this co-housing program. For information, please contact symbiosiscohousing@gmail.com or 647-648-4421.

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