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Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Aging Portal: When misinformation becomes viral

April 8, 2020 – A lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, which can be exacerbated by a ton of information circulating on media and social networks. Interventions to correct misinformation should provide coherent explanations that describe what really happened and why it happened.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Looking for exercises to do at home? Pilates and yoga can help you keep physically and mentally fit!

April 8, 2020 – Coping with the reality of a pandemic can have implications on all aspects of our wellbeing. Strategies such as Pilates and Yoga can help maintain our mental, cognitive and physical health while at home.

Apr
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal | How caregivers can remain connected to their loved ones

April 7, 2020 – Leaning more heavily on technology may help caregivers stay connected to their loved ones while also making essential tasks like medication reminders easier. There are a number of apps and technology devices that can be used for a variety of needs.

Apr
2020

Trainee Research Profile: What does biophysics tell us about amyloid?

April 4, 2020 – Kate Zou completed a MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF) in the Physics department under the supervision of Dr. Maikel Rheinstädter in the summer of 2019. During this interview, Kate spoke to us about her undergraduate research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Apr
2020

In the media: Seniors need support through COVID-19 shutdown

April 4, 2020 – MIRA members Alexandra Papaioannou and Brenda Vrkljan discuss current challenges for older adults living alone under new social-isolation guidelines for seniors.

Apr
2020

“I think that art can help us rise up when the conditions require it”

April 3, 2020 – The people at the McMaster Museum of Art are doing everything they can to connect with folks kept home by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr
2020

Watch: McMaster researchers say thank you to Charles and Margaret Juravinski

April 3, 2020 – Meet some of the COVID-19 and brain-health researchers whose work the Juravinski Research Institute is supporting with its $3.3-million gift.

Apr
2020

Juravinski Research Institute funds COVID-19 research projects

April 3, 2020 – Philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski have made a new gift of $3.3 million to accelerate COVID-19-related and brain health research as part of the newly formed Juravinski Research Institute in Hamilton.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Ways to stay active while at home

March 31, 2020 – Exercise has many benefits for people of all ages, but for older adults specifically, it helps to improve muscle strength, balance and overall quality of life. By incorporating exercise into our daily routine, we are helping both our body and our brain stay fit.

Mar
2020

Optimal Aging Portal puts focus on strategies for staying active and engaged during pandemic

March 28, 2020 – The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (mcmasteroptimalaging.org), a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Reading to escape isolation

March 25, 2020 – In this troubled time when we are isolated, but also bombarded with stressful information, we must find solutions to entertain ourselves and escape (if only for a moment) from this reality. Could reading be a solution?

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Staying connected while practicing social and physical distancing

March 24, 2020 – Research studies suggest that social networking sites such as Facebook are a good mechanism to help reduce feelings of social isolation, especially in older adults and improve quality of life.

Mar
2020

From the Optimal Aging Portal: Staying active during a difficult time

March 18, 2020 – Under the COVID-19 pandemic, many are worried about staying holed up in their homes, being physically inactive and socially isolated. Here are a few ideas to help you stay active and engaged during this difficult period.

Mar
2020

Trainee Research Profile: Physical activity and nutrition recommendations for older adults living with frailty

March 4, 2020 – Dr. Megan Racey is a Post Doctoral Fellow working with MIRA, the Canadian Frailty Network, and the McMaster Evidence, Review and Synthesis Team. During this interview, Megan spoke to us about her ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Feb
2020

EMBOLDEN team launches its first co-design event in Hamilton

February 11, 2020 – On December 9, 2019, the EMBOLDEN team held their Strategic Guiding Council launch event, effectively initiating the co-design portion of their research. Building on existing best practices and local evidence, researchers, together with local older adults and community service providers, began discussions around developing an innovative community-based program with the goal of promoting health, mobility, inclusion, and equity among the target group.

Jan
2020

Health apps and gadgets for seniors

January 31, 2020 – Getting in shape, monitoring health in real time and accessing emergency assistance now can be only a click away for seniors.

Jan
2020

MIRA researcher appointed adjunct professorship from Ireland's Institute of Technology in Carlow

January 31, 2020 – Brenda Vrkljan, professor in McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Design and Ageing by the department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland.

Jan
2020

Trainee Research Profile: Investigating the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Cognitive Functioning in Aging

January 20, 2020 – Tara Kuhn is an MSc student in the Department of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Heisz. During this interview, Tara spoke to us about her ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Jan
2020

MIRA trainee research profile | Understanding exercise adherence in patients post-total knee arthroplasty, with Dr. Nora Bakaa

January 17, 2020 – Dr. Nora Bakaa, BSc, DC, is an MSc student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Luciana Macedo. During this interview, Nora spoke to us about her ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Jan
2020

Helping family health teams better care for older adults

January 13, 2020 – It started with a shave and a conversation about the weather. That’s the moment MIRA member Doug Oliver cites as the beginning of his career in health care. Now, he is focused on improving the health of older adults in his role as a respected physician researcher working in downtown Hamilton.

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