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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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Headshots of Dr. George HEckman and Heather Keller

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the University of Waterloo are pleased to announce the renewal of two Schlegel Research Chairs, Professor Heather Keller as chair in nutrition and aging and Dr. George Heckman as chair in geriatric medicine. 

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RIA Highlights

Canada’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults were released today and include information specific to those aged 65 and over. Schlegel Research Chair Lora Giangregorio contributed to the development of these exciting new resources.

It is with bittersweet emotions that the RIA team announces the planned retirement of Executive Director, Josie d’Avernas, effective July 2021. With this news begins the search for the next Executive Director.

Sheridan and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) are thrilled to announce the five-year extension of an innovative research partnership.


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

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...