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Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Active Living
Kinesiology and Health Sciences
University of Waterloo
Laura Middleton is the Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Active Aging at the University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). Middleton’s research aims to identify strategies to promote well-being and independence of those living with, or at risk for, dementia. She focuses on the role of physical activity and complementary lifestyle strategies. She involves people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals, and community service providers as co-researchers to create accessible and effective supports and interventions. Recent projects developed strategies to improve the inclusion and participation of persons living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment in physical activity, healthy eating, and other community wellness programs and investigated the impact of combined exercise and cognitive training among persons at risk for dementia. She is the co-lead of the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN).