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Mar
2018

Driven to improve the lives of Canada’s seniors

March 14, 2018 – It was Brenda Vrkljan’s patients who inspired her to get into research. Working as an occupational therapist in a hospital serving a small Ontario community, Vrkljan noted the importance her patients put on returning to driving their car as soon as possible.

Mar
2018

MIRA launches webinar series to highlight McMaster’s researchers in aging

March 14, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is launching a webinar series that will feature new, mid-career and established researchers in aging from across all six Faculties. The webinars will provide a forum for discussion around aging research. Some examples of topics include design thinking strategies for research in aging, mobility and social isolation in older adults, and how to use big data to predict health decline and disability.

Mar
2018

Two McMaster researchers in aging presented with Women of Distinction Awards

March 9, 2018 – Congratulations to Kimberley Dej and Anju Joshi, two of McMaster's ​researchers in aging who were among the recipients of the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Feb
2018

Scientific Director of MIRA named member of National Seniors Council

February 23, 2018 – Parminder Raina, a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University, specializing in the epidemiology of aging, has been appointed a member of the National Seniors Council (NSC) for three years. The NSC was established in 2007 to advise the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of older adults.

Feb
2018

GERAS Centre announces falls prevention video series

February 20, 2018 – Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, and the GERAS Centre for Aging Research announced a new video series aimed at educating health care professionals to prevent falls and fractures for long-term care (LTC) residents.

Feb
2018

Give your memory a workout: Scientists explore high-tech and low-key ways to improve recall

February 20, 2018 – Thirty-six million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In Canada, 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Those sobering numbers have researchers around the globe racing to come up with new ways to help the brain fend off memory loss.

Feb
2018

McMaster’s Waterloo medical campus puts older and younger together to address education gap

February 14, 2018 – To build better relationships between future physicians and older adults, an elder care education program is being rolled out by the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The program, launched in January, intends to promote intergenerational learning through three main initiatives: MacPAGE, Make a New Old Friend and the Green Bench.

Feb
2018

Keeping grandparents and grandchildren together for as long as possible

February 9, 2018 – Academic scientist and MIRA member Dawn Bowdish on the search for how - and why - we get sick as we age. Raised in Hamilton, Bowdish was inspired to pursue a career in science after a high school co-op placement at McMaster University. Read her full story here.

Feb
2018

Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40

February 7, 2018 – People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research at McMaster University.

Feb
2018

Your dollars, your impact: assessing lung function in older Canadians

February 2, 2018 – A Lung Association grant has been awarded to MIRA member, Chris Verschoor, M.Sc, Ph.D. Verschoor and his team from McMaster University aim to use information from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) to undertake a thorough investigation of the lifestyle, health, disease and psychosocial factors that influence lung function in older Canadian adults, specifically those who do not have any obvious cause of lung health loss.

Jan
2018

Hacking Health in Hamilton

January 29, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is pleased to ​sponsor Hacking Health Hamilton, an annual hackathon that's designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. This year, the hackathon will focus on identifying new technologies and services to support healthy aging. It will take place over the weekend of February 9 - 11, and is expected to be a fun, hands-on event where small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.

Jan
2018

Redefining aging research in Canada and around the world

January 26, 2018 – Living long is not the ultimate goal. Living well is the ultimate goal. That is the mantra of Parminder Raina, scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, more commonly known by its acronym, MIRA.By focusing on making people’s lives better, Parminder Raina hopes to break down stereotypes and combat ageism.

Jan
2018

Can gaming tech improve the health of older and frail adults?

January 25, 2018 – When Paula Gardner and her now-PhD student, Stephen Surlin, tested out their new interactive software with seniors at Toronto’s Baycrest geriatric hospital a couple of years ago, they got concerned after 20 minutes. The software was working well – a little too well. Read more to find out how McMaster researchers are using gaming technology to improve health outcomes for older and frail adults.

Jan
2018

Ask an expert: “Is it possible to reverse some of the negative effects of aging by becoming more active?”

January 25, 2018 – Readers of MAC the Magazine ask Dr. Stuart Phillips: “Is it possible to reverse some of the negative effects of aging by becoming more active?”

Jan
2018

Three MIRA researchers nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

January 22, 2018 – Three McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) researchers have been nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Jan
2018

Songs in the key of health

January 22, 2018 – A Health Sciences course at McMaster University is bringing generations of Hamiltonians together using the power of music. Music, Health and the Community is an interdisciplinary course that provides students with hands-on community experience through an intergenerational music program in Hamilton.The course is offered through the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and is also open to Music students.

Dec
2017

McMaster researchers present cutting-edge work in the field of aging at the second annual MIRA and Labarge Research Day

December 22, 2017 – On Thursday December 14, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) hosted the 2nd Annual MIRA and Labarge Research Day at the McMaster Innovation Park.

Dec
2017

MIRA researcher spotlight: Kathryn Grandfield

December 11, 2017 – Kathryn Grandfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. She leads the Grandfield Research Group, is Vice-President of the Microscopical Society of Canada and is the 2017 recipient of Petro Canada’s McMaster University Young Innovator Award, among other accolades. Her age-related research focuses on improving bone implants, such as dental implants and hip replacements, in older adults with bone disease.

Dec
2017

The Portal gets social: new content focuses on social aspects of aging

December 7, 2017 – The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is excited to offer citizens and stakeholders with a more comprehensive evidence source through the addition of evidence-based content about the social aspects of aging.

Dec
2017

Community-Based Program Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults with Diabetes and Other Chronic Conditions

December 5, 2017 – Older adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions, who participated in the ACHRU’s community-based program, had improved quality of life, reduced depressive symptoms and better self-management with no extra healthcare cost compared to usual care.

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