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Aging becoming a hot topic as Hamilton baby boomers enter senior years


Published: October 4, 2017  

MIRA's scientific directior, Parminder Raina, along with MIRA member, Margaret Denton, and Rachel Weldrick, a McMaster University PhD candidate in social gerontology, were featured in a recent Hamilton Spectator article about the many professionals in Hamilton studying and planning for our aging population.

There's no getting around it — Canadian culture generally doesn't value its seniors enough and it needs to change that, those who study aging say.

"This is a long-standing issue," says Rachel Weldrick, a McMaster University PhD candidate in social gerontology. "Seniors have been an afterthought in Canada for a long time."

That appears to be changing.

Weldrick is one of many researchers and other professionals in Hamilton studying and formulating plans for the aged with the aim of making life better for them.

They include those at the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), a recognized leader in aging research, the location of the newly formed Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. Also included is the Hamilton Council on Aging as well as the city's age governance committee.

And on Thursday night, an event at McMaster will feature eight experts presenting their vision of a more inclusive society for seniors.

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