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Minimizing injuries from the ground up

One-third of older Canadians fall each year, and most of them fall more than once. How they land could mean the difference between a broken hip or a  few bumps and scrapes. When a fall leads to a fracture or other serious injury, it can be life-changing.  While there...

McMaster-based study supports third vaccination for seniors

Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa, researchers with Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats, have shared important initial findings from an unpublished study on COVID-19 immunity responses in Ontario long-term care facility residents. The study,...

New research funding explores bone health and fracture prevention in older men

It is a myth that osteoporosis is a women’s disease. Over one-third of osteoporosis-related fractures happen in men, and the large majority don’t receive proper screening and treatment. Newly funded research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will explore...

Dr. Linda Lee renewed as Schlegel Research Chair

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team are pleased to announce the renewal of Schlegel Research Chair Dr. Linda Lee as chair in primary care for elders. Dr. Lee’s commitment to improving the lives...

Three new CABHI-funded projects address COVID-19 concerns

Congratulations to our researchers Kate Dupuis, Heather Keller and Linda Lee on their newly funded projects through the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) Spark-ON Program! Their projects were selected along with 21 other COVID-19-centric innovations...

Improving health and fitness at home

For almost a year and a half, we’ve been forced to adapt our exercise routines for home environments. Many people have signed up for virtual classes or worked with a fitness professional over a video call. Virtual exercise has several advantages, but is it feasible...

Now available online: SIIP Annual Newsletter

Kicking off in 2020, the Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) project brings generations together to address social isolation of older adults living with dementia and their care partners. The project is led by the Schlegel-UW Research...

New By Us For Us guide stands up to social isolation

Over the last year, many people have struggled with feelings of isolation and loneliness as regular routines and relationships were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For people living with dementia and care partners, the risk of social isolation is high even during...

Now available online: RIA Annual Report 2020

We are proud to present the 2020 RIA Annual Report: New Challenges, New Opportunities, now available online. Despite the unique challenges we face as a result of the pandemic, our work continues to improve the lives of older adults everywhere through innovation and...

LIVING the Dementia Journey program added to PSW Fund education offerings

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the RIA is thrilled to announce that a second education training option has been added to the PSW Education Fund. Long-term care (LTC) homes can now enroll for tuition and...

Understanding spiritual care in long- term care: Before, during and beyond the pandemic

Spiritual care is an important part of life in long-term care (LTC) homes. Spiritual care providers can support well-being, promote resilience and provide opportunities for religious practice and rituals. However, there isn’t much regulation or consistency across LTC...

Schlegel family donates $6M to drive innovative research in healthy aging

WATERLOO (June 30, 2021) – The Schlegel family, long-standing residents of the Waterloo region and dedicated philanthropists, have made a $6M donation to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) to support infrastructure that drives world-class research in...

Improving care with virtual education in long-term care

Ontario’s long-term care homes will have access to high-quality virtual education on person-centred care. The Ontario Ontario CLRI at the RIA is once again offering training through the Personal Support Worker Education Fund.  The training is funded by the Ontario...

International conference highlights importance of spirituality and aging

This month, spiritual care providers, academics and researchers, senior care leaders, older adults and those interested in spirituality are coming together to discuss the importance of building connections, communicating and listening at the 9th International...

Schlegel Research Chairs join National Long-Term Care Service Standards Technical Committee

The RIA congratulates Schlegel Research Chairs Heather Keller and Veronique Boscart for their appointment to the National Long-Term Care (LTC) Service Standards Technical Committee. This group, composed of leaders in the LTC sector, direct support workers, care...

In Memory of Arnold Mitnitski

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Arnold Mitnitski. Professor Mitnitski’s contributions to the field of aging research and the development of the frailty index, a measure of health and risk assessment, changed the way we support our oldest citizens. He...

Seniors Month message from executive director Josie d’Avernas

Dear friends,   As I prepare to leave a fulfilling and busy career and look forward to more free time to be actively engaged in life in different ways, I reflect on RIA’s growth, impact, and promise for the future. A bright light for the RIA in 2020 was the completion...

New resource helps create intergenerational connections through music therapy

If there is one thing we have learned through the pandemic, it’s that music and the arts can build connections and strengthen relationships even when we can’t be together. Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging Kate Dupuis knows exactly how music can be used to...

New technology uses sensors to collect information at home and support healthy aging

In recent years, smart home devices have become more and more popular. Items such as smart thermostats, home security systems and home assistants are becoming commonplace in many homes. These devices are often controlled by cell phones and collect data to help us live...

RIA researchers look at ways to reimagine long-term care post pandemic

Several researchers at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on long-term care (LTC) homes. The paper, titled Reflecting on the COVID-19...
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