Future Facing, Global Impact

In a world where the needs and aspirations of older adults are evolving rapidly, the RIA is committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation to enable successful aging.

This commitment becomes even more crucial in response to the already-unfolding shifts in population demographics. The coming quarter-century looms as a testing ground, where the very limits of health systems and care resources will be pushed to the brink. In response, our holistic approach to research and innovation will serve as a guiding light, illuminating the spectrum of solutions to navigate this uncharted terrain.

Addressing the challenges of today remains paramount, as it lays the foundation for a society where older adults can fully participate and enjoy life to the fullest. By integrating expertise, diverse perspectives, and innovative methodologies, we are paving the way to a more age-friendly world where every older adult experiences empowerment and fulfillment.

I am pleased to present the RIA’s 2024 – 2029 Strategic Plan. As you know, the RIA tackles some of the biggest issues facing our aging population and we are confident that this strategy will amplify our efforts to find innovative solutions that enhance care and quality of life for older adults. 

The contents of this report were shaped by consultations with our partners, stakeholders, community members, team members and our board. We would like to thank you for your insights and your continued support and leadership as we implement this plan.   

We know aging is a multifaceted issue and requires a holistic approach that considers the whole person. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation, and working collaboratively to co-design solutions for our local and global communities. This strategy ensures the RIA continues to meet real needs, and addresses the pressing issues of today while preparing for the looming challenges of the future. 

Over the next five years, we will advance research, fuel evidence, mobilize knowledge and strengthen capacity. Our efforts will drive much needed change, creating an age-friendly world where every older adult is empowered to live fully. 

Thank you for your contributions and continued leadership. 

 

Tina M. Mah, PhD
Executive Director 
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

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I am pleased to present the RIA’s 2024 – 2029 Strategic Plan. As a charitable, non-profit organization, the RIA tackles some of the biggest issues facing our aging population and this strategy will amplify our efforts to find innovative solutions that enhance care and quality of life for older adults.

We connected with our partners and community members to ensure the strategy meets real needs, addressing the pressing issues of today while preparing for the looming challenges of the future. We know aging is a multifaceted issue and requires a holistic approach that considers the whole person. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation, and working collaboratively to co-design solutions for our local and global communities.

Over the next five years, we will advance research, fuel evidence, mobilize knowledge and strengthen capacity. Our efforts will drive much-needed change, creating an age-friendly world where every older adult is empowered to live fully.

Thank you for your contributions and continued leadership. 

Tina M. Mah, PhD

Executive Director 
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

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Over the next five years, we will focus on our strategic aims to advance research, fuel evidence, mobilize knowledge, and strengthen capacity.

Aging well is a multifaceted endeavour that demands an approach that considers the whole person. The RIA is committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation by using a team-based approach to interdisciplinary research so that older adults can embrace aging with vitality, resilience, and dignity.

By integrating expertise, diverse perspectives and innovative methodologies, we endeavour to pave the way for a world where every older adult experiences empowerment and fulfillment. From harnessing the profound influence of rapidly advancing technology and cutting-edge medical discoveries to the societal and cultural shifts that will come with future generations of older adults, our research generates the evidence needed to allow older adults to thrive for generations to come.

  Five-year goals 

1. Strengthen the interdisciplinary research team through the establishment of four new RIA research chairs or specialists.

2. Establish a research program to secure three interdisciplinary grants and support clinical trials.

3. Chairs, Specialists, and scientists have over 700 national and international research collaborators.

4. The RIA establishes a formal partnership with at least one international organization.

5. Research and program grant funding to the RIA exceeds $105 million.

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The RIA’s unique identity lies in our approach to innovation. Our methodologies embody a drive to design not only for, but with, those who ultimately will benefit from the evidence generated at the RIA.
Through purposeful co-design and real-world evaluation, we conceive, nurture, and mobilize research in a way that fuels relevant and impactful evidence. We meaningfully engage partners, including individuals with lived experience, in the development of research, programs and resources. This co-design process is woven into the fabric of the RIA at all stages: in the building, testing, and mobilizing of our innovations in the real world.

Our methods are enabled by the intentional leveraging of our purpose-built infrastructure — the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging — as a hub for collaboration between older adults, care partners, health-care team members, students, community members, and researchers. The pandemic has forever changed the landscape in senior care settings. We strive to re-establish and adapt the collision opportunities afforded by our unique partnership model with Schlegel Villages for the benefit of the national health system.

  Five-year goals  

1. The RIA gives leadership to the development of co-design guidance for research, education, and practice.

2. Contribute to best practices in evaluation applied in senior living to support the adoption of innovations and better practices.

3. Promote uptake of research and evidence-informed programming in Schlegel Villages, other senior living settings, and networks.

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Aging well is a multifaceted endeavour that demands an approach that considers the whole person. The RIA is committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation by using a team-based approach to interdisciplinary research so that older adults can embrace aging with vitality, resilience, and dignity.

By integrating expertise, diverse perspectives and innovative methodologies, we endeavour to pave the way for a world where every older adult experiences empowerment and fulfillment. From harnessing the profound influence of rapidly advancing technology and cutting-edge medical discoveries to the societal and cultural shifts that will come with future generations of older adults, our research generates the evidence needed to allow older adults to thrive for generations to come.

  Five-year goals  

1. The RIA is engaged annually in at least three international or national platforms to inform changes in policy and care.

2. A minimum of eight research and program outcomes inform policy and care.

3. At least 90% of learners who complete RIA education intend to use what they have learned when providing care to older adults.

4. RIA Chairs, Specialists and scientists publish at least 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

5. The RIA expands the reach of knowledge products via the distribution of over 1.3 million digital and hard copy resources.

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Aging well is a multifaceted endeavour that demands an approach that considers the whole person. The RIA is committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation by using a team-based approach to interdisciplinary research so that older adults can embrace aging with vitality, resilience, and dignity.

By integrating expertise, diverse perspectives and innovative methodologies, we endeavour to pave the way for a world where every older adult experiences empowerment and fulfillment. From harnessing the profound influence of rapidly advancing technology and cutting-edge medical discoveries to the societal and cultural shifts that will come with future generations of older adults, our research generates the evidence needed to allow older adults to thrive for generations to come.

  Five-year goals  

1. A minimum of 4,000 community members are actively engaged through participation in RIA research, events and tours.

2. Strengthen existing partnerships and establish new partnerships with community organizations.

3. Donations exceed $10.7 million.

4. The RIA receives external recognition for its workplace culture.

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Thank you!

 The 2024–2029 strategic plan was informed by a review of publicly available resources and interviews with over 100 key participants, including representatives from government, health care, education, research, and the community, as well as RIA researchers, board members, and staff.

Our impact is made possible through collaborations, including our core partnerships and many other academic institutions and organizations:

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