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Jun
2018

McMaster researchers and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will explore the power of communication through music in downtown Hamilton

June 1, 2018 – The Power of Communication through Music will be held on June 7, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). Part concert, part lecture, this unique event is a result of a collaboration between the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL).

May
2018

MIRA member Ada Tang discusses exercise after stroke for Reuters

May 22, 2018 – MIRA member Ada Tang provides comment on exercise after stroke for Reuters Health: "One of the challenges with stroke and exercise is that some people think they can't because they have limited mobility," said Ada Tang of McMaster University and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). "But studies are showing it's possible, safe and beneficial, even if you can't exercise as vigorously as before," Tang, who wasn't involved with the new study, told Reuters Health by phone.

May
2018

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging releases first report on health and aging in Canada

May 22, 2018 – The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on the health and well-being of the country’s aging population, recently released The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Report on Health and Aging in Canada: Findings from Baseline Data Collection 2010-2015. The report presents key findings on a range of physical, mental and social aspects of aging based on data from the CLSA’s 50,000 participants, who were between the ages of 45 and 85 when they were recruited into the study.

May
2018

Building a better health-care system for older Canadians

May 14, 2018 – Time is of the essence to ensure older patients receive the care they need, according to MIRA member Andrew Costa.

May
2018

Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley to speak at McMaster on what it means to age with a disability

May 10, 2018 – Ontario’s former Lt.-Gov. David Onley will be visiting McMaster University next week to tackle the topic of what it means to age with a disability – both for older adults and their caregivers. This special speaker session, co-hosted by Hamilton’s Thrive Group and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), will be held on May 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South).

May
2018

Ontario to support McMaster continuing education program for caregivers of older adults

May 4, 2018 –The McMaster Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), together with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Hamilton’s Thrive Group, has been awarded $99,940 by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs to support the ongoing improvement of education for caregivers of older adults.

May
2018

McMaster experts in aging research recognized with Canada Research Chairs

May 3, 2018 – The federal government has recognized the expertise of nine McMaster researchers with an investment of nearly $10 million from the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. The investment will fund two new and seven renewed Canada Research Chairs whose research covers the spectrum – from aging, disease, medicine and exercise, to radiation science, functional materials and electrified vehicles.

May
2018

‘Smart cities need to be more than smart. You need heart’

May 2, 2018 – Technology is the key to supporting an aging population, but it cannot and should not replace a genuine human connection that embraces and celebrates older adults' aspirations, experts say.

May
2018

Why (and how) are we living longer — and what can we do about it?

May 1, 2018 – If death is a finish line, that line has continually moved farther and farther away over the past century. In fact, we’re not sure if we’re running a 10-kilometre race or an ultramarathon, or whether there’s an end to the race at all. It’s this phenomenon – why and how we’re living longer – that internationally recognized biologist Tom Kirkwood explored in a recent lecture at McMaster.

May
2018

Researchers receive dementia research grant

May 1, 2018 – MIRA member Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson have received a grant from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, supporting their dementia and caregivers research.

Apr
2018

Seniors more likely to visit the ER after nurse's home care visit

April 30, 2018 – Patients who received home care visits from nurses were more likely to visit the emergency department during the evening on the same day, particularly for non-urgent issues, according to new research from McMaster University.

Apr
2018

MIRA funding opportunities in aging: Information sessions

April 20, 2018 – McMaster researchers are invited to attend an information session to learn more about funding opportunities through the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), ​including this year's catalyst grant initiative.There will be two sessions and refreshments will be provided.

Apr
2018

Global experts in aging to discuss the new human lifespan, smart cities at McMaster

April 11, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is bringing its International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), composed of highly accomplished scientists, to Hamilton this month to address two pertinent questions: How can smart cities better support and connect our aging population? And, why (and how) are we living longer?

Apr
2018

It's Humans of New York -- for seniors

April 9, 2018 – Everyone has a story to tell. Gilbrea Centre grad students and members of MIRA's Trainee Network are sharing the stories of Hamilton-area seniors as part of a project that challenges young people's expectations and assumptions about older adults.

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.

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