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Jul
2020

MIRA awards $75,000 in funding for COVID-19 research with focus on older adults

July 13, 2020 – The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are pleased to announce recipients of its Labarge COVID-19 grants, which focus on mobility in aging within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Mental well-being: What’s ‘food’ got to do with it?

July 8, 2020 – The current COVID-19 pandemic, negatively impacting our mental health by giving rise to feelings of sadness, fear, stress, and boredom, can also have a significant impact our diet. Dietary strategies can lead to a small enhancement in mental well-being through mood.

Jun
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Rebuilding greener, healthier and stronger economies to face climate change

June 30, 2020 – Research evidence shows that climate change is disproportionately affecting older adults. The current COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.

Jun
2020

McMaster study links early menopause and depression

June 23, 2020 – Women who experience menopause before age 40 have a significantly higher risk of depression, say McMaster researchers.

Jun
2020

MIRA trainee research profile | Investigating the effects of low-intensity exercise and multi-nutrient supplementation on mobility in the aging individual, with Matthew Fuda

June 10, 2020 – MIRA Trainee Matthew Fuda is completing a MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF) in the Faculty of Health Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky. During this interview, Matthew spoke to us about his undergraduate research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Jun
2020

Top ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions: Part 1 - older adults with complex health and social needs

June 9, 2020 – MIRA members, Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann shared insights into how to improve hospital to home transitions in a webinar held by the McMaster Health Forum.

Jun
2020

After COVID-19’s tragic toll, Canada must improve quality of life in long-term care homes

A resident walks down a hallway at a seniors’ residence in Montréal on Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo by Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)...

Jun
2020

Engineering team awarded NSERC funding to help older adults improve mobility

June 5, 2020 – MIRA member Rong Zheng and a team of researchers at McMaster, the University of Manitoba and the University of Windsor have been awarded $1.65M in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE Program.

Jun
2020

Assessing the impact of advance care planning in long term care during the pandemic

June 4, 2020 – New research from two studies by McMaster University and Queen’s University suggests that the health-care system needs to encourage all clinicians to start engaging with patients and documenting advance medical care planning discussions well before or during long-term care admission.

Jun
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Don't let stigma spread like a virus

June 3, 2020 – The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused such stigma towards various groups, including people of Asian descent; people in close contact with the virus; but also older adults. Avoiding the use of terms that fuel stereotypes about older adults as fragile and vulnerable, spreading the facts, making sure to share trustworthy and evidence-informed information, reminding people about the importance of social cohesion, and encouraging intergenerational solidarity are all ways

Jun
2020

COVID-19 and older adults: A discussion with Maura Marcucci

June 1, 2020 – MIRA member, Dr. Maura Marcucci is leading an online discussion, hosted by the Socrates Project in partnership with MIRA, on June 3 to explore how older adults are affected by COVID-19. The talk with be moderated by Scientific Director of MIRA, Dr. Parminder Raina.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | “Laugh out loud!” Leaning on laughter and humour during difficult times

May 27, 2020 – Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many folks may be experiencing increased worry over contracting or spreading the virus, concern for loved ones, and loneliness that can accompany the need to be physically distant from others. Laughter and humour are strategies that can be used to maintain perspective during difficult times.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Still smoking? Quitting is the first step towards better health

May 26, 2020 – Recently, discussions around the potential links between smoking and COVID-19 have also emerged. Here are resources available to help you or someone you know on your journey to quitting.

May
2020

In the media | New ways to support family caregivers

May 26, 2020 – MIRA member, Dr. Pamela Baxter spoke with CHCH TV about her Canada-wide study of family caregivers supporting loved ones in long-term care.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Urban green spaces designed for all generations

May 20, 2020 – Urban green spaces have the capacity to better the health and well-being of older adults. Interventions aimed at creating, maintaining and preserving urban green spaces have shown to improve physical health, lower levels of stress, reduce levels in crime, and increase perception of security.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Responding to and recovering from disasters together

May 20, 2020 – The COVID-19 global pandemic has added a layer of complexity for caregivers who have had to practice physical distancing, while potentially taking on more responsibilities for their loved ones. The following resources may help caregivers navigate through these challenging times and in the future.

May
2020

In the media | How to save the economy

May 13, 2020 – Michael Veall, MIRA member and professor of economics at McMaster University, spoke with Maclean's about the economy post-COVID-19.

May
2020

McMaster caregiver program receives national award

May 11, 2020 – Caregiving Essentials, McMaster Continuing Education’s free online program supporting informal caregivers, has won a 2020 Program Award from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.

May
2020

Initiatives in healthy aging during COVID-19

May 11, 2020 – McMaster University has been a member of the Age-Friendly University Network since 2017. With pre-existing strengths in research in aging, health sciences and community engagement, McMaster University has been able to pivot quickly and respond to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting older adults during physical distancing measures.

May
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Frauds and scams during COVID-19

May 6, 2020 – 766 cases of fraud in Canada have been reported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are frequently the target of these activities. The Portal outlines a number of tips and recommendations that can protect against frauds and scams.

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