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Nov
2018

Hamilton seniors put their fitness to the test at PACE

November 26, 2018 – Though it’s sometimes challenging, Maureen Harper makes it a point to get to the MacSeniors Exercise and Wellness Program at McMaster’s Physical Activity Research Centre of Excellence (PACE), as often as she can. “I started in May and it wasn’t easy to get a routine going, but now I’m feeling so much better,” says Harper, one of a number of seniors from the Hamilton community who regularly attends the program which offers supervised guided and prescribed aerobic and strength, as well as balance training for seniors.

Nov
2018

Stay healthy: Canada Research Chair talks flu and pneumonia prevention

November 14, 2018 – It's estimated that between 70 and 85 per cent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Flu can increase the risk for pneumonia, which more people over the age of 65 die from each year than car accidents. Zoomer Magazine spoke with MIRA member Dawn Bowdish, who is the Canada Research Chair on Aging and Immunity, about how changes to our immunity as we age can leave us more susceptible to pneumonia -- and what we can do about it.

Nov
2018

Fat fundamentals: Scientists uncover crucial biological circuits that regulate lipids and their role in overall health

November 13, 2018 – Tiny microscopic worms, invisible to the naked eye, are helping scientists to better understand an extraordinarily complex biological pathway that connects fat to overall health and aging in humans. A team of biologists from McMaster studying these worms called C. elegans, or nematodes, has found that the regulation of lipid production, and the delicate balance of too much or too little fat, is crucial to healthy living. The findings, published online in the journal PLOS One, point to a fundamental process of lipid regulation that happens in the WNT signaling pathway, a widely-studied genetic thoroughfare that, when mutated, is directly linked to a variety of cancers.

Nov
2018

MIRA and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to partner for special Fall Prevention Month event

November 6, 2018 – Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among older Canadians, with between 20 to 30 per cent of older adults reporting a fall each year according to Public Health Agency of Canada’s Seniors Falls Report (2014). However, older adults with cognitive impairment, as reported by the Alzheimer Society, are four to five times more likely to fall than those who are not cognitively impaired. To help bring awareness to the devastating impact falls can have on older adults with cognitive impairment, MIRA has teamed up with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to host a special panel discussion on the topic.

Nov
2018

New video illustrates the downside of inactivity

November 5, 2018 – Researchers at McMaster University are warning that even short periods of inactivity in older people — as little as two weeks — can lead to worsening physical health, which could have a dramatic impact on an aging population.

Nov
2018

Six new projects tackle mobility for older adults

November 2, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging has awarded 2018 Catalyst grants to six ambitious, interdisciplinary research proposals that aim to improve mobility for older adults. Each collaborative project will include researchers from at least three of McMaster’s six faculties. The grants are supported by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was created by a $15-million gift from university Chancellor Suzanne Labarge two years ago.

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Sydney Valentino

October 30, 2018 – Sydney Valentino, a MSc student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster and recipient of the first Labarge Mobility Scholarship (supervisor Dr. Maureen MacDonald), delivered a talk on her work entitled: Left ventricular function and stair climbing-based high-intensity interval training in a cardiac rehabilitation population: a proposal

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Nicole O’Brien

October 30, 2018 – Nicole O’Brien, a PhD student in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University (supervised by Dr. Yufei Yuan), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Does Social Networking Site Usage by Older Adults Reduce Loneliness?”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Kelsey Harvey

October 30, 2018 – Kelsey Harvey, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University (supervisor Dr. Meredith Griffin), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “How Are We Teaching Older Adult Exercisers?: A Qualitative Study of Fitness Instruction”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Dr. Caitlin McArthur

October 30, 2018 – Dr. Caitlin McArthur, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (supervisor Dr. Giangregorio), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Assessing the quality of physical rehabilitation for older adults in long term care homes”

Oct
2018

MIRA and Labarge Research Day, poster competition

October 30, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging and the Labarge Optimal Aging initiative will host the MIRA & Labarge Research Day on December 7, 2018. This annual event will showcase research in aging from across McMaster University and recognize the generous donations of Chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Sara Oikawa

October 30, 2018 – Sara Oikawa, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University (supervised by Dr. Stuart Phillips), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Skeletal muscle disuse: Can we counter inactivity with protein quality?”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Ruheena Sangrar

October 30, 2018 – Ruheena Sangrar, a PhD Candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University (supervised by Dr.Brenda Vrkljan), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Improving older drivers’ confidence and behind-the-wheel skills”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Anna Garnett

October 30, 2019 – Anna Garnett, a PhD student in the School of Nursing at McMaster (supervisor Dr. Jenny Ploeg), delivered a talk on her work entitled: Recruitment of participants for a study in a community setting: Optimizing success

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Dr. Ahmed Negm

October 30, 2019 – Dr. Ahmed Negm, a PhD student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences (supervisor Dr. Lehana Thabane), delivered a talk on his work: Optimizing Functional Performance of Older Adults

Oct
2018

Exchange scholarship to facilitate joint research between Ireland’s Institute of Technology Carlow and MIRA

October 20, 2018 – Dr. P.J. White, research leader at designCORE, a research centre at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland, has received the James M Flaherty Award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation (ICUP) scholarship, which facilitates scholarly exchange. For five weeks, starting November 5, White will live in Hamilton and collaborate with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) at McMaster University.

Oct
2018

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

October 9, 2018 – While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.

Oct
2018

Trainee Research Profile: Stair climbing: an essential step to rebuilding hearts with Sydney Valentino

October 5, 2018 – Sydney Valentino is a second year Master’s student in the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory working under the supervision of Dr. Maureen MacDonald. During this interview, Sydney spoke to us about her research investigating the efficacy of high-intensity stair-climbing as an alternative to traditional moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on cardiac rehabilitation patients.

Oct
2018

Trainee Research Profile: Move for the mind with Alexis Bullock

October 4, 2018 – In the following MIRA Highlight of the Month, Sydney Valentino interviews Alexis Bullock, who is in her second year of her Master’s and in the process of collecting a large amount of ABdata to look at how the age-related cognitive decline can be altered by physical activity.

Oct
2018

Can music and hearing loss go together? MIRA and HPO to explore that question at downtown Hamilton event

October 3, 2018 – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are partnering next week to examine whether music and aging-related hearing loss can go together. This engaging multidisciplinary talk will feature the music of Beethoven, and explore how his life evolved due to his own struggles with deafness. Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go together? will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). It is second in a public series developed by MIRA and the HPO, in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), to explore synergies between aging and music.

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