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

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.

Dr. Rich Hughson's Vascular Echo Study sends research into space with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques at the International Space Station.


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

Feb 21

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

Jun 13

In the same way the grit inside an oyster transforms into a pearl, we wonder if our fear and frustration can be transformed into something just as beautiful in us.