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.

Research on the International Space Station applied to improving care for older adults right here in Ontario.

RIA Highlights

Kenneth “Ken” Murray, founder of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) and former RIA board member, passed away at the age of 94.

Schlegel Villages, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute of Aging (RIA) and Mohawk College have partnered to open a third Living Classroom at the Village of Wentworth Heights.

The findings of a report by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will be used to inform the Government of Canada’s new dementia strategy.


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

Latest News

Dr. George Heckman

Pairing team members' personal knowledge of residents with the RIA’s Core Heart Team initiative creates an opportunity to enhance quality of life.

Upcoming Events

Mar 20

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

Mar 27

The Central West LHIN in collaboration with the Central West BSO Network is offering a professional development opportunity for long-term care homes and community partners within the region.

Mar 28

This webinar will explore the topic of culture change, and how to move from being task-focused to people-focused.