Get involved with our research and initiatives to help answer some of the most challenging questions facing an aging population.
Walk with Me is a national conference aimed at changing the culture of aging in Canada. Join us May 1-3, 2024 in Ottawa!
A forum for those in long-term care and retirement to share solutions to help connect, imagine and commit to changing the culture of aging
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable, non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life and care for older adults through research, education, and practice. We connect research to the real world and tackle the biggest issues facing an aging population. Our innovative approach to research is helping to change the way we age in Canada.
Areas of Expertise
The RIA is recognized as making significant impacts in the following key areas:
We connect research
to the real world.
Sunday September 24, 2023
Share your art through social media! From choirs to poetry, visual arts to dance, we want to highlight all the ways that arts and creativity are engaging and supporting Canadian older adults and those who care for them.
Wednesday November 15, 2023
7 - 9 p.m. EST
Are you concerned about osteoporosis and fracture prevention? Join us in person to hear about new guidelines for using nutrition, exercise, and medications to prevent fractures.
Wednesday September 13 - Wednesday November 29, 2023
1-2:30 p.m. EST
The Culture Change ECHO will provide a platform for partners to share creative solutions, strategies, and resources that promote a social model of living within senior care settings.
One day in a resident’s life. One day, we will all be older. One day, a person-centred approach will be how older adults everywhere are cared for....
We are delighted to welcome three leading researchers to our world-class research team. Dr. Sophiya Benjamin, Laura Middleton, and Tejal Patel. ...
We are pleased to announce Sophiya Benjamin as the Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging at McMaster University and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). This appointment comes as a recognition of her outstanding contributions to the fields of geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and patient-centered care.
In the Community
Being involved with the RIA has been like opening a door into a world filled with knowledge, respect and interest. It’s incredibly welcoming and rewarding.
— Myrna Norman is living with dementia and shares her experience working with the RIA as a member of the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN) Advisory Committee.
I think what is different about this organization is that its thinking is outside the box a little bit….It’s supporting resources that we [people with lived experience] have designed…And that’s the difference that I can see.
— Community Advisory Committee member that helps guide the work of the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN) reflects on the value this program brings to older adults across Canada.