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.

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.

RIA Highlights

This 1-day workshop for team members in long-term care will provide information on the CHOICE+ mealtimes program, and share easy-to-use tools and resources so team members can become champions for change.

This fall, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) will move its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the RIA.

While more and more older adults are living with dementia, many are living well, thanks in part to researchers like Dr. Carrie McAiney.


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

Latest News

Older adults learns about solar panels from a young student

Two scientists among many stand together in the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging discussing the paths that led them down their current course of research. Robert Amelard is a post-doctoral researcher working under the guidance of Schlegel Research Chair Dr. Rich Hughson. On this day, he’s showcasing the technology he developed that uses a camera

Upcoming Events

Sep 24

Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, is collaborating with Spiritual Directors International (SDI) to host a webinar series on 'eldering' for spiritual companions and seekers.

Nov 1

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it. The Overview Workshop is a 1-day training session intended for community members, family

Nov 15

Join Bill Randall in considering the many respects in which aging is an inherently spiritual process—not religious necessarily, but spiritual (broadly defined).