Welcome to the RIA

We are a charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing care and quality of life for older adults. We drive innovation to tackle the biggest issues facing an aging population.

Latest News

The Schlegel family presents a $6 Million dollar to Josie d'Avernas

The Schlegel family, long-standing residents of the Waterloo region and dedicated philanthropists, have made a $6M donation to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Upcoming Events

Sep 21

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia.

Sep 24

Join us virtually on Friday September 24, 2021 as we celebrate Arts and Aging Day Canada – a day devoted to highlighting arts-based activities for older adults across the sector.

RIA Highlights

We are proud to present the 2020 RIA Annual Report: New Challenges, New Opportunities, now available online. Learn how we’re making a difference.

Long-term care (LTC) homes can now enroll for tuition and backfill pay for team members to complete the LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) program through the PSW Education Fund.

The RIA congratulates Schlegel Research Chairs Heather Keller and Veronique Boscart for their appointment to the National Long-Term Care (LTC) Service Standards Technical Committee.


The RIA develops and shares resources, services, education and training to support enhanced quality of life and care for older adults.

Culture Change at the RIA

RIA Research Break: Ask Our Researchers

RIA makes a difference

When you teach, your student will know or learn something. But what they experience becomes something they feel. That was the inspiration behind the Make A New Old Friend program.