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2020 Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging COVID-19 Grants

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. People with underlying health conditions or older adults are twice as likely to experience negative outcomes. Social isolation can be challenging for older adults, and there is a concern that older adults are also more likely to experience negative outcomes related to the physical distancing guidelines recommended for preventing community spread of COVID-19. In April 2020, MIRA introduced the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging COVID-19 Grant to investigate the promotion of healthy aging through the lens of mobility within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In early June 2020, three awards of $25,000 were distributed. In September, all three projects were featured in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper: Iqbal M. (2020 Sept 17). Three things McMaster researchers are learning about during the pandemic. The Hamilton Spectator. The studies are as follows:

2020 COV - IMPACT - PI Beauchamp 1 The IMPACT Hamilton Study – Investigating Mobility and PArticipation among Older Hamiltonians during COVID- 19: A Longitudinal Tele-Survey

2019 CAT - Movement Sonification - TEAM Dotov-Trainor-Beauchamp​The #Caremongering social media campaign: Understanding its impact and adaptability to combat social
isolation among older adults affected by COVID-19

2019 CAT - Bioprinted 3D - TEAM Selvaganapathy-Fahnestock-TBC-TBCRelieving social isolation and loneliness through storytelling at the time of a pandemic

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