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Aug
2020

In the Media | Sharon Kaasalainen appointed inaugural Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing

August 4, 2020 – MIRA member Sharon Kaasalainen has been named the inaugural Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing at McMaster University.

Jul
2020

Using technology to predict the degree of social isolation and loneliness in older adults

July 31, 2020 – MIRA Trainee, Dr. Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen is working on two software applications that identify “linguistic markers” of social isolation and loneliness in personal life stories written by older adults.

Jul
2020

In the Media | Mac study shows more COVID infections, deaths at for-profit long-term-care homes. But not because of funding model

July 27, 2020 – MIRA member, Andrew Costa was featured in an article from the Hamilton Spectator about his study on long-term-care homes in Ontario during COVID-19.

Jul
2020

In the media | Coronavirus and the brain: Diagnosing and treating COVID-19’s neurological effects

July 23, 2020 – MIRA researcher, John Connolly wrote an article on his laboratory's success in correcting misconceptions about neurocognitive function after a brain injury and how their pioneering EEG methods will be useful to assess COVID-19 patients.

Jul
2020

MIRA Webinar | Taking a holistic approach to frailty and resilience in older age

July 23, 2020 – Frailty assessments are usually validated by how well they predict mortality, long-term care admission, or hospitalization, and this has led to the concept that frailty is a one-way street to end of life. However, frailty interventions can be successful and lead to a reduction in vulnerability to adverse outcomes. During this webinar, guest speaker Dr. Carol Holland, psychologist and researcher at the Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University, will discuss how combining quantitative intervention outcomes associated with physical strength and qualitative measures capturing psychological resilience can explain how with people of similar levels of physical frailty show “resilience despite frailty.”

Jul
2020

In the Media | Diana Sherifali wins supervision award

July 21, 2020 – MIRA member, Diana Sherifali has received the Faculty of Health Sciences post-doctoral fellowship supervision award.

Jul
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Do not go through the ordeal alone: Grief in times of pandemics

July 15, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted individual and societal experiences of end of life care, grief and bereavement due to public-health measures to counter the spread of the virus. What can we learn from past pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks about the care or supports required to allow people to grieve when strict public-health measures are in place?

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.

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