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.

30 years ago, I became aware of the magnitude of suffering endured by older adults experiencing memory loss and I started the idea of Memory Clinics. Today, we have over 100 Memory...

RIA Highlights

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, the older adult population we work with, our partners and the community. The RIA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, taking steps to prevent transmission, listening to government announcements and following public health guidance. Research shows

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) announced its latest initiative to enhance life for those living with dementia in Waterloo Region at a public event hosted February 14, 2020. The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, was on hand to make the announcement for funding to the Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) project.

Interacting with peers in a purposeful and meaningful way can help combat loneliness and depression in long-term care a recently published paper has found. Susan Brown is the Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration at the RIA, and one of the authors of the paper. In 2014 she was part of a team that

Resources

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

Latest News

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The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, the older adult population we work with, our partners and the community. The RIA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, taking steps to prevent transmission, listening to government announcements and following public health guidance. Research shows

Upcoming Events

Apr 24

THIS EVENT IS BEING POSTPONED The following message is from The Hospice of Waterloo Region, host of the Absent Friends Film series: Due to public safety concerns regarding COVID-19 and recognizing how important it is to play our part in making the rate of transmission as slow as possible, the Hospice of Waterloo Region has decided

May 29

Curiosity Fair 2020 – CANCELLED The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, partners and the community. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and after much review and consideration, the RIA has decided to cancel the Curiosity Fair in the best interest of

Jun 19

Embodying hope, faith and playfulness in caregiving: Practical and spiritual resources for a complicated vocation We have all heard both comments portraying caregiving as a depressing burden and stories suggesting that caregiving is a spiritual experience leading to increased growth and happiness. Surely our beliefs about giving care influence how we navigate its challenges. But