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.

30 years ago, I became aware of the magnitude of suffering endured by older adults experiencing memory loss and I started the idea of Memory Clinics. Today, we have over 100 Memory...

RIA Highlights

There are too often significant gaps during and after a dementia diagnosis. On top of long wait-times to have testing done in the first place, family and care partners are often left in the dark about what their diagnosis is and where they can turn for help afterwards. A three-year international project is aiming to

Written by Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging. When asked a few months ago what advice they would give about aging, a group of seniors responded, “Expect the unexpected.” That advice is relevant to all of us this spring! In later life it becomes increasingly difficult to predict what may be around the

Imagine a video replay of a goal scored at a hockey game. If you view the replay at full speed, you might not be able to tell exactly what happened before the goal. But when you slow down the video frame by frame, you can see who hit the puck in and when it crossed


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

Latest News

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The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, the older adult population we work with, our partners and the community. The RIA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, taking steps to prevent transmission, listening to government announcements and following public health guidance. Research shows

Upcoming Events

Sep 24

Join us on September 24, 2020 as we celebrate Arts and Aging Day Canada – a day devoted to highlighting arts-based activities for older adults across the sector.  We invite you to share your organization’s arts activities, creations and experiences through social media. From choirs to poetry, visual arts to dance, we want to highlight

Apr 22

Walk with Me is a biennial conference aimed at enhancing the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living.