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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Announcing One Day: Person-Centred Culture, Making a Difference Every Day

One day in a resident’s life.  One day, we will all be older.  One day, a person-centred approach will be how older adults everywhere are cared for. Each of these statements inspired the newly developed One Day virtual workshop, an instructor-led eight-hour training...

Dr. Sophiya Benjamin appointed as Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging

We are pleased to announce Dr. Sophiya Benjamin as the Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). This appointment comes as a recognition of her outstanding contributions to the fields of geriatric psychiatry,...

Boosting well-being through arts and creativity

The power of arts and creativity to enhance the lives of older adults is invaluable. From gardening to listening to music, everyone can enjoy the benefits of creativity. We sat down with Kate Dupuis, Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts & Aging, to discuss how...

Q&A with Jane Kuepfer: Nurturing your spiritual life to help age well

Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, has always been deeply fascinated by the wisdom that is cultivated through years of living, and the way people navigate and become inspired by the experiences of life. We asked her some questions about what...

Creating comfort and belonging for people living with dementia

Creating a comfortable environment for people living with dementia is crucial for their wellbeing. Whether you have been diagnosed yourself, or care for someone living with dementia, there are simple things you can do to make home welcoming and calming. We spoke with...

Improving life at work for healthcare providers

Seven in 10 healthcare providers (HCP) reported worsening mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Statistics Canada. While much of the general population has struggled with mental health concerns over the past few years, HCP have faced particular...

MINT Memory Clinics Show Health System Savings of $51,500 Per Patient and Improved Quality of Life for Persons Living with Dementia

Waterloo, Ont. – A new study exploring the cost-effectiveness analysis of MINT Memory Clinics found net cost savings of $51,500 per patient as compared to those in Ontario without the service, with improvement in quality of life for those living with dementia. The...

Empowering older adults: The importance of drug safety education

As we get older, our bodies change, including our response to medications and how we handle them. Dr. Joanne Ho, Schlegel Chair in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, associate professor at McMaster University, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist, is committed to helping...

10th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality to Explore Challenges and Choices in Later Life

2023 marks the year of the 10th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality. The conference has taken place every two years since 2000 and brings people together from all over the world to share knowledge of spirituality and aging: expert researchers and...

Strategies to boost fluid intake and avoid dehydration

It’s important to drink enough fluids for more reasons than you might realize. Water is needed for many things in your body, including digesting food, controlling body temperature, and healing wounds. When you don’t drink enough water, it can cause you to feel weak,...

RIA Research Scientist wins NASA poster competition

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging’s (RIA) newest Research Scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Health, Carmelo Mastrandrea, recently won the poster competition at the NASA Human Research Program Investigators’...

Q&A with Richard Hughson: Expert insights on how to keep your heart healthy

February is Heart Month, a dedicated time to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular health and the impact of heart disease on 2.6 million people in Canada. Despite the significant progress made in the field of heart health, heart disease remains one of...
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