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Through collaboration, purposeful planning and engaging directly with the needs of our communities, the MIRA | Dixon Hall Centre is working to empower people to live well, with dignity as they age.

The MIRA | Dixon Hall Centre is a unique partnership between the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Dixon Hall, a multi-service agency focused on addressing poverty, social injustices and isolation across the lifespan, in Toronto’s downtown East. Created in April 2021, this collaboration brings together Dixon Hall’s expertise in providing comprehensive community-based client care and MIRA’s excellence in creating innovative research programs centred around aging and older adults.

Through short- and long-term projects that are responsive to the needs of older adults, the Centre is initially focusing on issues such as housing insecurity, barriers to transportation, transitions in care (such as from the community to hospital) and equitable access to digital technology for older adults.

If you are a MIRA member or trainee, or a community member or agency interested in getting involved with the MIRA | Dixon Hall Centre, please contact Gésine Alders (

Visit this page for exciting updates about the MIRA | Dixon Hall Centre as they happen.

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On March 28, 2023 the MIRA | Dixon Hall Centre hosted over 50 Dixon Hall staff to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the older adults they serve, what they want to better understand and how we can envision knowledge and solutions to benefit the community.
They had a lot to say – over 250 post-its!

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