Are you interested in participating in research at the RIA? Check out the projects below for available opportunities.

Effects of COVID-19 on persons living with dementia: Researchers at the University of Waterloo, led by RIA Research Chairs Carrie McAiney and Jen Boger, want to understand how COVID-19 is affecting the daily lives and social connections of persons living with dementia and family/friend caregivers. Are you a person living with dementia in the community or a family/friend caregiver of a person with dementia living in the community or in long-term care or retirement home? Share your experiences by completing a 15-minute survey or participate in an interview. Click here for more information.

Osteoporosis and Exercise Habits – The Bone Health and Exercise Science Lab at the University of Waterloo is recruiting male participants (aged 50+) who have low bone mass or osteoporosis for a research study. You do not need to be physically active to participate. The study involves completing one questionnaire and participating in a one-on-one interview over the telephone or online. The questionnaire and interview will cover topics about your demographics, fall and fracture history, exercise habits, and your perceptions on starting or continuing certain types of exercise. The total time commitment is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. For more information click here.

Dining in long-term care: Resident and family perspectives: Schlegel Research Chair Heather Keller wants to learn about the perspectives of long-term care residents and family members on the mealtime experience, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will involved 15-30 minute phone or zoom interviews. For more information on how to participate, click here.

Social robots for persons living with dementia: Researchers from the University of Waterloo, including Research Scientist Jen Boger, are working on a study looking at how assistive robots could help people with dementia and caregivers in performing daily activities. Are you living with demenita or are a care-partner? Want to learn more and possibly participate in this study? Click here to learn more.

MoveStrong at home: The Bone Health and Exercise Science Lab, led by Schlegel Research Chair Lora Giangregorio, is looking for participants to complete an exercise and nutrition study that can be experienced in the comfort of your own home, without any physical contact. MoveStrong at Home is a 12-week study that hopes to see how possible it is to deliver exercise and nutrition education to older adults. For more information click here.