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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.

May
2020

Community resilience | Responding to and recovering from disasters together

May 6, 2020 – Based on a recent, moderate-quality systematic review, nine key elements of resilience have been identified to strengthen a community.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Kicking smoking to the curb: 3 evidence-based ways to aid you on your journey to becoming smoke free

April 29, 2020 – Under the current pandemic, there has never been a better time to quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy, group smoking cessation programs, and telephone support can all increase your chances of successfully quitting.

Apr
2020

Go behind the lab door in new online series featuring McMaster’s top COVID-19 researchers

April 27, 2020 – A new online series is giving McMaster’s top COVID-19 researchers a chance to talk about their work and explain how they’re making a difference in the global efforts to fight the pandemic.

Apr
2020

Connecting communities

April 27, 2020 – Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement is connecting the community and the campus in more tangible ways than ever before.

Apr
2020

“We need to think about how we ensure this doesn’t happen again:” A physician weighs in on long-term care homes and COVID-19

April 24, 2020 – Assistant professor of family medicine at McMaster, Henry Siu was interviewed about the ongoing crisis facing nursing homes under COVID-19.

Apr
2020

Move it or lose it: Sitting around while avoiding COVID-19 creates other health risks, warns exercise researcher

April 23, 2020 – MIRA member and professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster, Dr. Stuart Phillips outlines the importance of physical activity for older adults under pandemic-related isolation.

Apr
2020

Writer in residence seeks writers at home

April 23, 2020 – Writer in Residence Janet Rogers invites Mac students and community members to share stories of what home means to them.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Making informed housing decisions during a pandemic

April 22, 2020 – Two recent decision aids have been published to help older adults, families and their caregivers who are grappling with difficult housing decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | Mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020 – Having to isolate and stay at home, COVID-19 poses a threat to our health and wellbeing, especially in older adults with severe medical conditions. Fortunately, there are different self-care and technology related strategies that have shown to be effective in improving the mental health and wellbeing of older adults.

Apr
2020

National study collecting data on aging adults’ experience during COVID-19

April 22, 2020 – The COVID-19 study is being conducted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national research platform on health and aging involving more than 50,000 participants across 10 provinces. Funding is provided by MIRA, McMaster University and Juravinski Research Institute through a new gift earlier this month for research on the pandemic from Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski.

Apr
2020

McMaster researchers to identify who gets sick with COVID-19

April 17, 2020 – MIRA members Dawn Bowdish and Michael Surette received research funding to boost their work to identify COVID-19 infection rates and to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus.

Apr
2020

In the media: Long term care homes and COVID-19

April 17, 2020 – MIRA member Dawn Bowdish participated in a TVO panel of all women researchers.

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