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-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Tina Mah, PhD, will be joining the team as executive director.

Upcoming Events

Apr 27

We are offering our LDJ overview workshop virtually!

Mar 9

We are offering our LDJ train-the-trainer course virtually!

Jun 8

The theme for the 9th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality is Vital Connections: Claiming voice and learning to listen, an invitation to explore issues of connection within the context of aging and spirituality.

RIA Highlights

Andrew Costa, Schlegel Research Chair, is leading a study in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes to learn about how well COVID-19 vaccines work in residents and what factors contribute to outbreaks.

The latest episode of the Dementia Dialogue Podcast featured RIA’s Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), Brenda Hounman, a dementia advocate, person living with dementia and By Us For Us Guide founder, and Sherry Dupuis, RIA research scientist.

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the Department of Systems Design Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo are excited to announce the search for the next Schlegel Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging.


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

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RIA makes a difference

Schlegel Research Chair Heather Keller is a global leader in nutrition and aging, and her work with the RIA and the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force has changed the way hospitals...