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Jun
2021

Research Brief: Older people as research partners – a systematic review of implementation and impact

June 14, 2021 – Patient and public partners are most likely to be engaged in the execution of research and least likely to be engaged in the preparatory stages of research, say experts from the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging.

Jun
2021

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging hosts CIHR’s flagship Summer Program in Aging

June 10, 2021 – This spring, the CIHR Institute of Aging and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) brought together 57 Canadian and international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the 2021 Summer Program in Aging (SPA), an intensive two-week program focused on longitudinal studies on aging.

Jun
2021

Aging and Health PhD Student attends CIHR’s Summer Program in Aging

June 8, 2021 – Summer Program in Aging (SPA) Trainee, Christine Mills was featured in a blog post describing her experience at the 2021 CIHR Institute of Aging SPA.

May
2021

Three MIRA researchers among nine receiving $2.25 million in New Frontiers funding

May 31, 2021 – MIRA researchers Margaret Fahnestock, Ravi Selvaganapathy and Todd Hoare are among nine researchers receiving Exploration awards, designed to support initiatives that push boundaries and inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

May
2021

MIRA | Collaborative Webinar Series: Engaging and partnering with older adults in the MIRA Collaborative

May 27, 2021 – Join the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging on Wednesday, June 2 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET for the second MIRA | Collaborative webinar, “Engaging and partnering with older adults in the MIRA Collaborative: implementation and evaluation."

May
2021

Size, location, key factors behind COVID outbreaks in retirement homes

May 10, 2021 – MIRA member, Andrew Costa was featured in an article for his study on risk factors for COVID-19 outbreaks at retirement homes in Ontario. He found that homes with large numbers of residents and staff suffered a threefold higher risk of being hit by COVID-19 last year, likely because of more staff coming in and out when providing care.

May
2021

Keep Dance in Mind

May 4, 2021 – Labarge Post-Doctoral Fellow for Mobility in Aging, Patricia Hewston, conducted research to better understand the relationship between dance and brain health. She and her team discovered that dance helps with overall cognitive function, a finding most relevant for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Apr
2021

Instead of jumping the COVID-19 vaccine queue, try acting your age

April 28, 2021 – MIRA member, Nicole Dalmer wrote an article on how older adults are being treated as a hot commodity to get vaccinated but opportunities exist to push back against the aging enterprise and exploitation, and revalue people who consistently end up on the margins.

Apr
2021

MIRA and CIHR Institute of Aging to launch Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2021

April 26, 2021 – The CIHR Institute of Aging has partnered with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to host the 2021 CIHR Institute of Aging Summer Program in Aging (SPA 2021), held virtually from May 2 to May 12.

Apr
2021

Watch: ‘Now is the time for change’ — A MacTalks discussion on long-term care homes and the pandemic

April 23, 2021 – In the latest edition of the MacTalks series, MIRA researchers Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa spoke with Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist, André Picard, about the impact and implications of the pandemic for long-term care residents.

Apr
2021

McMaster program connects students and older adults during a year of social isolation

April 22, 2021 – Offered by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), the 'Meet My Hamilton' program demonstrates the value of creating spaces where older adults and students can connect.

Apr
2021

$5M gift aimed at supporting Canada’s most vulnerable seniors

April 20, 2021 – McMaster Chancellor Emerita Suzanne Labarge invests $5 million in a partnership between the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and Dixon Hall to help at-risk older adults.

Apr
2021

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Social isolation: Leaning on technology for our mental well-being

April 14, 2021 – Telemedicine-based strategies, such as internet-based CBT, may have positive impacts on mental well-being by helping to reduce depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults.

Apr
2021

MIRA announces more than $370,000 in funding for postdoctoral fellowships in aging research

April 8, 2021 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) are pleased to announce more than $370,000 in new funding opportunities for postdoctoral fellows with interests in aging. Applications ​have been extended to May 14, 2021, for proposed research beginning in the 2021/22 academic year.

Apr
2021

Outbreaks, vaccines and immunity: A MacTalks event

April 7, 2021 – Join MIRA members Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa in conversation with health columnist André Picard at a free event — Outbreaks, vaccines and immunity: Inside Canada’s long-term care homes.

Mar
2021

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Do face masks help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses?

March 31, 2021 – Research supports face mask wearing in combination with other infection control strategies such as handwashing and physical distancing to decrease the spread of respiratory viruses from one person to another in both health care and non-health care populations.

Mar
2021

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines (Part 3): the need for open, transparent and tailored communication

March 24, 2021 – The COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) has reviewed what is known about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. This article is the third in its series, focusing on the set of challenges facing decision-makers when communicating vaccine-allocation plans and the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

Mar
2021

Nearly two-thirds of middle-aged and older adults in Canada report adverse childhood experiences

March 15, 2021 – New research from McMaster University has found that roughly three in every five Canadian adults aged 45 to 85 have been exposed to childhood abuse, neglect, intimate partner violence or other household adversity.

Mar
2021

In the media: There’s a shortage of services to help the growing number of long-haul COVID-19 sufferers

March 15, 2021 – MIRA member, Dr. Marla Beauchamp, was featured in a story from the Globe and Mail for her MIRA-funded research on older adults admitted with COVID-19.

Mar
2021

$9.6M federal infrastructure investment renews Canada’s largest study of aging

March 4, 2021 – A $9.6-million investment by the Government of Canada in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will renew the infrastructure of the CLSA research platform, ensuring its progress in generating knowledge that promotes the health and well-being of older adults and informs the development of programs and policies for Canada’s aging population.

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