Research Institute for Aging
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Programs at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) focus on providing evidence-informed tools, education, and resources that support and help improve the quality of life and care of older adults. These programs address key issues such as living well with dementia, person-centred practices, as well as help inform policy and practice to improve aging outcomes.

Canadian Dementia Learning and Research Network

Topics: Dementia, Arts, Food and Nutrition, Technology, Workforce Development

The Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN) is a Canada-wide project led by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and funding by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).


Topics: Dementia, Workforce Development

Mealtimes aren’t just about eating, for many of us, they are an opportunity to connect with the people around us. As we age, the connections and experiences that happen around mealtime become increasingly more important.

Culture Change Coaching

Topics: Culture Change, Dementia, Workforce Development

We believe that when LIVING is first, everyone thrives. Culture change coaches from the RIA will guide your senior living organization on a culture change journey to build on existing strengths, shift the focus to person-centred care and put LIVING first.

LIVING the Dementia Journey

Topics: Dementia, Workforce Development

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia.

LIVING the Dementia Journey for Young Adults

Topics: Care Team Development, Dementia

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) for Young Adults is an evidence-informed three-hour course adapted from the original LDJ course designed for health-care providers and family members to understand dementia and how to best interact with a person living with dementia.

Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program

Topics: Dementia, Workforce Development

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) was founded in 1993 by Kenneth Murray, whose experience as a care partner for his late wife Helen inspired him to support a research and education initiative that improves the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners.

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

Topics: Culture Change, Workforce Development

One Day is a virtual training to equip team members to nurture a person-centred care approach in their care provision, with a focus on actionable steps so learners are empowered to start making positive changes immediately.

Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation

Topics: Care Team Development, Food and Nutrition, Workforce Development

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (Ontario CLRI) in Long-Term Care enhances the quality of care and living for residents across the province.

Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships

Topics: Culture Change, Dementia

Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) is a program that works with organizations across Waterloo Region to provide intergenerational opportunities for older adults living with dementia, their care partners, and youth to connect in meaningful ways while reducing social isolation.

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