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.

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.

RIA Highlights

This fall, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) will move its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the RIA.

Our latest edition of the RIA Annual Report is now available online! Each year, we highlight a selection of our successes, reflect on progress and share plans for the future.

While more and more older adults are living with dementia, many are living well, thanks in part to researchers like Dr. Carrie McAiney.


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

Latest News

The RIA team is growing again! We are looking to fill two positions for a Project Officer, Knowledge Mobilization.

Upcoming Events

Sep 25

The LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) Overview Workshop is an interactive 1-day session for community members, family care partners, and others who support people living with dementia.

Sep 24

Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, is collaborating with Spiritual Directors International (SDI) to host a webinar series on 'eldering' for spiritual companions and seekers.

Nov 1

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it. The Overview Workshop is a 1-day training session intended for community members, family