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MAREP featured on Dementia Dialogue podcast

The latest episode of the Dementia Dialogue Podcast featured RIA’s Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) and two familiar faces. Brenda Hounman, a dementia advocate, person living with dementia and By Us For Us Guide founder, and Sherry Dupuis, RIA...

UWaterloo and RIA announce search for Schlegel Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the Department of Systems Design Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo are excited to announce the search for the next Schlegel Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging. This Chair will...

Studying how well vaccinations work in long-term care

Andrew Costa, Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology, is leading a study in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes to learn about how well COVID-19 vaccines work in residents and what factors contribute to outbreaks in LTC homes.  The RIA is excited to be a...

The effects of inactivity on earth and in space

When older adults experience long stretches of inactivity such as bed rest, the lack of use causes parts of the body to experience deconditioning. The heart, bones and muscles can all experience a decrease in function, which can lead to stiffening in the arteries and...

Technology on the International Space Station supports aging research at the RIA

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are helping a research team based at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) develop strategies for healthy aging. The research is made possible through technology aboard the ISS that is being operated...

Jen Boger stepping down as Schlegel Research Chair

The RIA team wishes Jen Boger all the best as she leaves her role as Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Independent Living. She has relocated to the West coast with her family, but will continue collaborating with the RIA as a research scientist. Jen joined the...

RIA enhancing national dementia care

December 2020 In 2019, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced the launch of Canada’s first national dementia strategy, a milestone in our country’s efforts to help people affected by dementia and address the impact of dementia on social and health care systems....

Changing nutrition care across Canada and around the world

December 2020 Food is central to our overall health and quality of life. Nutrition becomes even more important during times of recovery and healing, yet many older people in hospital don’t get the nutrients they need. Schlegel Research Chair Heather Keller is a global...

RIA announces $1.3M in funding for community programs supporting intergenerational partnerships

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce over $1.3 Million has been awarded to community projects in Waterloo Region supporting older adults living with dementia. Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnership (SIIP) is a...

RIA released new strategic plan for 2021-23

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is proud to present the 2021-23 Strategic Plan. The RIA supports research and explores aging across various topics by engaging stakeholders throughout the research process. Using these research findings, we then...

RIA receives $2M in federal funding to lead national dementia projects

La version française du communiqué se trouve sous la version anglaise. Nearly half a million Canadians are living with dementia, and that number will grow as the population ages. The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) was awarded $2M in federal funding to...

Sharing stories of the arts connects older adults across Canada

On September 24, 2020, Kate Dupuis, Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging, hosted Arts and Aging Day Canada, a social media event dedicated to profiling artistic activities in older adults’ and their care partners across the nation. Supported by the Schlegel-UW...

Leaders in aging research renewed as Schlegel Research Chairs

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) are pleased to announce the renewal of two Schlegel Research Chairs, Professor Heather Keller as chair in nutrition and aging and Dr. George Heckman as chair in geriatric...

Just released: Canada’s 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults

Canada’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults were released today and include information specific to those aged 65 and over. Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging Lora Giangregorio contributed to the development of these exciting new resources....

A new tool for embracing diversity and inclusion in long-term care

A new resource from the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario Ontario CLRI) is working to make long-term care a more inclusive space for anyone who lives, works and visits. Embracing Diversity: A Toolkit for Supporting...

Remembering David Kent

The RIA team is saddened to learn about the passing of our friend David Kent, Vice President, Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils. We had the pleasure of working closely with David on a number of initiatives and his drive and dedication to enhance quality of...

Executive director Josie d’Avernas announces her retirement from the RIA

It is with bittersweet emotions that the RIA team announces the planned retirement of Executive Director, Josie d’Avernas, effective July 2021. Josie joined the RIA in 2005 when the organization was founded, and held several leadership positions before taking the...

Sheridan College and the RIA continue innovative arts and aging partnership

Sheridan and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) are thrilled to announce the five-year extension of an innovative research partnership. The continuation of this commitment will support the ground-breaking research work of Kate Dupuis, Schlegel...

Working together for better dementia care resources

On September 21, around the world people celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day. This day is an opportunity to share stories of dementia and Alzheimer’s, to spread awareness and reduce the stigma people living with dementia face. The RIA is proud to work with an inspiring...

RIA celebrates World Seniors Citizens Day

Each year, around the globe, people honour older adults by celebrating World Seniors’ Day on August 21. World Senior Citizens Day highlights the accomplishments of older adults, as well as their participation and contributions in society, to raise awareness of the...
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