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Jan
2021

In the media: How paramedics can help keep older Ontarians healthy — and out of the ER

January 22, 2021 – MIRA member, Gina Agarwal, was interviewed about a program she co-founded targeting the health and well-being of older adults in social-housing in Ontario.

Jan
2021

New dean appointed for DeGroote School of Business

January 14, 2021 – MIRA member Khaled Hassanein has been named the new Dean of the Faculty of Business at McMaster University.

Jan
2021

McMaster receives $1M to lead COVID-19 evidence network

January 13, 2021 – The COVID-19 Evidence Network led by MIRA | Collaborative for health & Aging researcher John Lavis has received $1M to ensure decision-makers have access to the best COVID-19 science.

Jan
2021

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Violence against women and COVID-19: A pandemic within a pandemic

January 13, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated other types of pandemics, such as violence against women. Violence against women is a tragic and complex phenomenon and we must act proactively and not remain silent in the face of such violence.

Jan
2021

In the Media: Ten new Order of Hamilton members honoured at Mayor’s New Year’s Levee

January 3, 2021 – MIRA member Dr. Margaret Denton was honored at the Hamilton Mayor's New Year’s Levee for her community leadership and championing for seniors in Hamilton. ​

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

Partnering principles and strategies: A guidance document for researchers, patients and caregivers

December 14, 2020 – A step-by-step guide to plan for and involve patient, caregiver, and public research partners is now available online at miracollaborative.ca under ‘Resources’.

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

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

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.

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