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

The Schlegel family presents a $6 Million dollar to Josie d'Avernas

The Schlegel family, long-standing residents of the Waterloo region and dedicated philanthropists, have made a $6M donation to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Upcoming Events

Oct 20

Andrew Costa, Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology, will discuss the state of knowledge on factors that influence the risk of infection in long-term care homes, including vaccines. He will also focus on the need for a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine for residents, and ongoing research to understand immune protection.

Nov 16

In the latest Walk with Me webinar, we will explore the environment and how it shapes the experiences of people living with dementia.

RIA Highlights

We are saddened to hear that Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini, RIA research scientist and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has passed away.

The RIA and the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team are pleased to announce the renewal of Schlegel Research Chair Dr. Linda Lee as chair in primary care for elders.

The RIA congratulates Schlegel Research Chairs Heather Keller and Veronique Boscart for their appointment to the National Long-Term Care (LTC) Service Standards Technical Committee.


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

Culture Change at the RIA

RIA Research Break: Ask Our Researchers

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.