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Now Open – Year 4 of PREP LTC!

The Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care (PREP LTC) provides long-term care (LTC) homes funding to help increase the quality of and capacity for clinical student placements in Ontario. This year, LTC homes that enroll and register for...

The RIA Celebrates New Partnership for GeriMedRisk

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is celebrating a new milestone for GeriMedRisk, a research project-turned clinical program that has formed a new partnership with Grand River Hospital in the Waterloo Region and received new $4.1M in funding from the...

Understanding late-life depression

Depression is not a natural part of aging, yet it affects up to 40 per cent of older adults. Sophiya Benjamin, Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging, aims to create meaningful change to improve the mental well-being of older adults. Below, she shares how you can...

Leaders gather in Ottawa to change the culture of aging

Ottawa, ON – There is a stigma associated with aging that portrays older adults as incapable, frail and less independent. These perceptions influence societal behaviors, health systems, and how older adults navigate aging.  From May 1-3, 2024, educators,...

RIA launches new five-year strategic plan aimed at global impact

Waterloo, ON – April 24, 2024 – The RIA has released its comprehensive five-year strategic plan, aimed at expanding the boundaries of knowledge and innovation to enable successful aging for all. The plan is the result of a two-year comprehensive...

Empowered aging: A guide to advance care planning

Making future health-care decisions can be challenging, but with the right information and guidance, it can lead to care that honours your wishes and safeguards your dignity. Dr. George Heckman, Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Heather Keller, Schlegel...

Trailblazers Changing the Culture of Aging to be Recognized at the Walk with Me Conference

Waterloo, ON – The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Capital Care are proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Trailblazer Awards. Now in their second year, the Trailblazer Awards spotlight individuals and organizations from across Canada...

Bringing culture to the table

The food we eat is often tied to our culture or where we come from. If our meals don’t match the smells and tastes we know and love, we might not eat or drink enough. This can affect quality of life and overall health. As the population of older adults grows and...

PREP LTC receives an additional $94.5M boost to optimize student placements in long-term care

WATERLOO, Ont. (February 1, 2024) The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Ontario is investing an additional $94.5M in the Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care (PREP LTC) project to increase hands-on...

Bridging the gap in senior care: Nearly $11M Living Classroom investment targets urgent workforce needs

Waterloo, Ont. – To address the critical shortage of skilled personal support workers (PSWs) and the pressing demands of Canada’s rapidly aging population, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Adult...

Addressing cultural gaps in dementia resources

Dementia is considered one of the most stigmatizing conditions in the world, perpetuating a cycle of misunderstanding, negative perceptions, and harmful stereotypes. The impact on people living with dementia and caregivers can lead to feelings of shame, hopelessness,...

Dr. Linda Lee wins The Medical Post Innovative Practice Award

Dr. Linda Lee, Schlegel Research Chair in Primary Care for Elders at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging and the Centre for Family Medicine, has been honoured with The Medical Post Innovative Practice Award for revolutionizing dementia care and reducing...

Unobtrusive in-home monitoring using wireless signals offers exciting possibilities for health care

Imagine a future where your home could monitor your health and daily activities without cameras or wearable devices. There was a time this type of technology or idea only existed in science fiction, but researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Schlegel-UW...

Q&A with Lora: Standing strong against falls and fractures

In recognition of Osteoporosis Awareness Month and Fall Prevention Month, we’re focusing on maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle for older adults. Lora Giangregorio, Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging, shares valuable tips on avoiding falls and...

Holding space for moral healing in long-term care

By: Kate Dupuis, Jane Kuepfer, Scott Mitchell COVID-19 pandemic and long-term care During the COVID-19 pandemic, team members working in long-term care homes were often required to perform duties outside of their typical day-to-day responsibilities. With limited...

The RIA issues RFP for Forward with Dementia project

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is seeking an experienced marketing firm to develop and implement a multi-channel marketing campaign to increase awareness of the Forward with Dementia project. View and read the full RFP Forward with Dementia project...

The importance of co-design in long-term care homes

Aging is complex and unique to every person. While researchers and experts in the field of aging may have decades of experience and knowledge, residents have unique and valuable firsthand experience of aging themselves.  That’s why the Ontario Centres for...

A timely defense against COVID-19

Navigating through the seemingly endless challenges presented by COVID-19, studies like COVID in LTC are paving the way for a more informed approach for older adults in senior living settings.  Co-led by Andrew Costa, Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology...

Shaping guidance on the management of osteoporotic spine fractures

Spine fractures, the most frequent osteoporotic fracture, can cause severe chronic pain, spinal deformity, and functional disability, leading to a diminished quality of life and increased mortality. They are also associated with psychological distress like depression,...

Preventing adverse drug events from medication list discrepancies

As we age, our bodies change, and so does the way we process medication. Combine this with the fact that older adults often have to manage multiple medications for various health conditions, and it’s easy to see how things can get tangled up. While accurate medication...
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