Projects

More than one third of older adults fall each year. There may be a relationship between falls and reduced brain blood flow when a person changes positions (e.g., going from laying...

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Beans are well known for their nutritional qualities and research shows they increase diet quality and reduce chronic disease risk. These benefits are highly relevant for older...

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Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research and knowledge program that works together to realize opportunities for Ontario’s agri-food and...

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Although it is both preventable and treatable, there has been very little research looking at the reasons behind poor food intake in long-term care, and how it can be improved....

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Wheelchair users may sometimes forget to put on the breaks before standing up. As a result, the wheelchair may roll away and the person could fall or get injured. The purpose of...

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The NTD program is used in all Schlegel Villages to provide training and education for team members. The research team conducted interviews, surveys, and looked at village-wide...

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Intergenerational music programs have been shown to contribute to the well-being of both younger and older participants. These programs can also help to break down stereotypes and...

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There is substantial evidence showing that even light activities such as household chores, light walking, and even standing can have health benefits compared to sitting. Move More...

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Functional fitness is required to perform tasks in day-to-day life (for example, getting dressed, running errands). Those with high levels of functional fitness will likely remain...

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The goal of the Move More initiative is to encourage residents and team members to add more movement into their daily routines. This could be as simple as taking the stairs instead...

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Balance and mobility challenges are common in older adults and can lead to a higher chance of falling. Questionnaires are usually used to assess balance, mobility, and physical...

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A new training initiative was developed by Schlegel Villages for team members to better support retirement residents living with dementia at mealtimes. The goal of this initiative...

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With the rising number of people living with dementia, there is a growing need to improve quality of life in dementia care. There is evidence to suggest that touchscreen activities...

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Physical activity has many benefits for people living with dementia such as improving mood and health. People are more likely to participate in physical activity when they have...

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With the growing number of older adults, more physicians specializing in geriatric care are required to meet the needs of this population. There is limited focus on geriatric care...

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Everyone ages differently. Many older adults remain independent while others experience more health issues. It is difficult to identify “at risk” residents that could benefit...

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Safety flooring can absorb some of the impact associated with a fall. This can help to reduce the risk of injuries to the hip and head when somebody falls. Research has been done...

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People who have meaningful relationships experience a higher level of well-being. Older adults may have a hard time starting and keeping relationships with others due to many...

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The research team asked participants to complete short typing tasks on four different kinds of keyboards. The keyboards included a standard desktop keyboard, a keyboard designed...

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GeriMedRisk® is a specialized service connecting clinicians with geriatric specialists to support better medication management for older adults. GeriMedRisk® uses telemedicine...

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Younger adults living with disabilities have unique health concerns and care needs. Care partners often lack the knowledge to manage these unique needs, and long-term care homes...

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There have been many memorable events throughout the past 100 years. For example, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon or the inauguration of the Canadian Maple Leaf Flag. These...

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The research team is using innovative strategies to increase the nutrient content of various recipes. The team is exploring a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients that are...

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Music therapy has a positive impact on people living with dementia, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and autism. Programs that can make a positive impact on quality of life are important in...

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CHOICE+ is a training program designed to support relationship-centred dining in long-term care and improve the mealtime experience. Each letter of the “CHOICE” acronym is a...

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The purpose of this project is to improve heart failure (HF) management in long-term care. Poor management of HF may lead to unplanned hospital transfers which can be avoided. The...

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Research Topics

We are leading research that explores how art and creative expression influences health and well-being in our later years. We want to understand what draws people to participate in...

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We are leading research that explores how blood flow in the body and the brain affects health as we age. Arteries stiffen and blood flow changes with age, and this can lead to...

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We are leading research that is building a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce prepared to care for an aging population. As the demographic shifts, the demand for care and...

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We are leading research that explores how to live well with dementia. While the number of older adults with dementia grows, people are often surprised to learn that many are living...

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We are leading research on food and nutrition and how it enhances both health and well-being as we age. We are exploring ways to make food as nutritious as possible to meet the...

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We are leading research that explores how to support an age-friendly health care system that operates more effectively and efficiently. We are working on creating collaborative,...

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We are leading research that explores strategies to optimize medications for older adults. Many older adults are on multiple medications, and while it can be challenging for...

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We are leading research exploring how movement and exercise can help maintain and improve mobility. Fractures and falls are a major concern for older adults, but there are simple...

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We are leading research that explores how spiritual needs evolve over time and over generations. As a new generation enters their later years, we need to understand their spiritual...

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We are leading research on technologies that support aging in new and innovative ways – from novel sensors to 3D printing. Interdisciplinary research teams combine their...

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Researchers

Dr. Amelard is an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vascular Aging and Brain Health lab at the RIA, working with Dr. Richard Hughson on developing new biomedical systems for...

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Dr. Boger has been an active researcher in the field of intelligent assistive technologies for enhancing the health, safety, well-being, and independence of older adults and people...

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Dr. Veronique Boscart has extensive nursing experience including working as a clinician, educator, manager and researcher in an international setting. Her research interests range...

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Dr. Jennifer Carson is a critical gerontologist who works to envision and develop opportunities for individual and collective growth to combat ageism and improve the inclusion and...

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Dr. Andrew Costa is Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging and an Assistant Professor and in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact...

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As the population of older adults increases, the need for food which provides nutritional benefits but is also liked by this population will also increase. This need extends to...

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Alison Duncan's research interests relate to the biological effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals on chronic disease-related endpoints through human intervention studies....

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Sherry Dupuis is committed to participatory action research and arts-based methodologies as a means of promoting personal transformation and social change. To this end, she is...

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Kate received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health and Hearing Services...

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Myra Fernandes' research program involves developing an understanding of the cognitive processes, and brain regions, involved in memory and language. She is interested in knowing...

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As we get older, we lose muscle and bone, we become less active, and some people develop a bone disease called osteoporosis. Osteoporotic fractures can be the reason a person can...

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Dr. George Heckman holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Laval University (1988) and a Master of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo...

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Dr. Ho completed medical school at the University of British Columbia and residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of...

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Richard Hughson is the Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health in the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, and a Fellow of the Canadian...

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Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving...

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Jane comes to her research with extensive experience as a spiritual caregiver in long-term care homes and in the community, as a registered psychotherapist, a spiritual director...

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Andrew Laing's general field of interest is musculoskeletal biomechanics related to human health, mobility, and injury prevention, and the role that advanced age has on these...

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Dr. Linda Lee is a Care of the Elderly family physician, Director of the Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic, Schlegel Chair in Primary Care for Elders, and Associate Clinical...

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John Lewis' research is focused on the following topics:...

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Carrie McAiney is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and the Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia with the RIA....

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As director of the Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance Lab (NiMBaL), Bill McIlroy's research focuses on: 1) advancing understanding of how the brain and other parts of the central...

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Cognition abilities are critical to educational and occupational achievement, daily function, and even movement. Unfortunately, cognitive performance declines on average in late...

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Dr. Milligan is a family physician who has completed additional training in academic family medicine. He established and leads the Centre for Family Medicine (CFFM) Mobility...

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As the Director of the Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab), Plinio Morita has focused his research on population level surveillance, remote patient monitoring (RPM), and...

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Dr. Patel’s research interests are in pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological conditions, in particular epilepsy, dementia and chronic pain. ...

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Dr. Allen Power is an internist, geriatrician, skilled educator and published author. He is internationally respected for his work challenging the use of antipsychotic medications...

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Safieddin Safavi-Naeini is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and is cross-appointed to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of...

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Linda currently holds the position of Schlegel Associate Research Chair at the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care at Conestoga College. She began her research career by...

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Ken Stark is recognized as a global leader in fatty acid and lipid analysis and in understanding how dietary fatty acid intake impacts blood and tissue fatty acid composition. He...

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As Director of the Geriatrics Health Systems Research Group (GHS), Paul Stolee's research focuses on strategies to improve the effectiveness of geriatric health services and...

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Alexander Wong, P.Eng., is currently the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, and an...

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Alfred Yu is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (with...

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