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Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event

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Published: January 29, 2019 | By Janet Bell

Life expectancy in Canada has increased steadily over the past 150 years, according to Statistics Canada. Today, the average Canadian can expect to live well into his or her 80s thanks to huge advances in public health and awareness. But how do longer lifespans change the way we live as individuals and as a society?

To explore that question and more, MIRA and McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) are partnering for a ‘Science in the Park’ lecture that will feature Dr. Parminder Raina, scientific director of MIRA, principal investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and Canada Research Chair in Geroscience.

This public presentation is free and will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South).

“The goal of modern science isn't to reverse aging but to discover new ways to live as healthy as possible as we age,” says Raina, who is also a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster and holds the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Optimal Aging. “It's not just ​about living longer. It's about living well,” he adds.

Raina’s work brings together experts in physical, psychological and social health fields to uncover what has the most impact on the health of Canadians over time.

“MIP is excited to be highlighting one of our own tenants in our first partnership for the next installment of our Science in the Park program. This series of lectures has been designed to create collisions or chance meetings with the community and members of Hamilton’s innovation ecosystem to foster networking and collaboration, the fuel for commercialization and growth,” says Mark Stewart, Director of Member Services and Stakeholder Relations at MIP.

For more information about this free public event and to register your seat, click here

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