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

Danielle Greaves sits at a desk and looks at two computer monitors. One shows an image of the inside of the International Space Station, the second screen has readouts from multiple devices.

On February 15, 2021, Rich Hughson, Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health, and his team connected with the International Space Station. For the first time, the research team was able to operate this technology directly from the RIA building.

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

New research from Richard Hughson is exploring the effects of bedrest on older adults. This research will help to keep older adults healthy and support health for astronauts in space.

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) was awarded $2M in federal funding to lead two national projects that will advance research and drive innovation to enhance quality of life for persons living with dementia and care partners.

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is proud to present the 2021-23 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan includes refreshed aims and a new vision to enrich the journey of aging.  


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

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...