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New research underscores the value of MINT Memory Clinics in alleviating health-care pressures

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

Our donors drive our impact

A legacy of participation and giving It started with a simple research participation certificate. The certificate arrived in the mail shortly before Kerry Townson’s mother passed away in 2015. As a resident of a retirement home in Kitchener, Ontario, Joyce Townson...

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...

Spotlight on the RIA’s newest researchers

We are delighted to welcome three leading researchers to our world-class research team. Dr. Sophiya Benjamin, Laura Middleton, and Tejal Patel.  Together with our existing 12 Schlegel Research Chairs and 2 Schlegel Specialists, our new researchers will tackle the...

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...

Waterloo Pharmacy professor named new Schlegel Specialist

WATERLOO, Ont. – The University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging are pleased to announce that Tejal Patel, associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, has been appointed as Schlegel Specialist in Medication...

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...

Laura Middleton appointed Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Active Living

WATERLOO, Ont. – The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Health and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging are pleased to announce that Laura Middleton, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, has been...

Laurier, RIA Announce Plans for New Schlegel Research Chair in Music Therapy and Aging

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Wilfrid Laurier University are pleased to announce the creation of the Schlegel Research Chair in Music Therapy and Aging made possible by the generosity of the RBJ Schlegel Family Foundation. This first...

Supporting Your Neighbours: A community conversation guide

As we get older, the risk of social isolation increases significantly. But the truth is, social isolation doesn’t have to be part of aging. Social isolation is the lack of meaningful communication, contact or interaction and can be caused by a variety of factors, such...

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...

Case competition brings community together to address social isolation

The risk of experiencing social isolation increases dramatically as we age, particularly for people within racialized groups and individuals impacted by dementia. But research tells us that when we spend more time with loved ones and remain connected to the community,...

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...

Now Open – Year 3 of PREP LTC!

Year 3 of PREP LTC is now open! There are changes in funding amounts and how LTC homes can allocate funds. This year offers a flexible funding mix of up to $40,000 or more, giving homes the freedom to use the funds where they’re needed most! Pick the best option to...

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’...
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