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.

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Senior couple sits on couch and use a laptop together

In recent years, smart home devices have become more and more popular. Items such as smart thermostats, home security systems and home assistants are becoming commonplace in many homes. These devices are often controlled by cell phones and collect data to help us live safer and more comfortable lives. But what if devices like this

Upcoming Events

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

Several researchers at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on long-term care (LTC) homes.

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

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 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

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.