McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

McMaster Institute for Research on Aging McMaster University’s cross-Faculty research institute for advancing the science of aging. MIRA grew out of recognition that the best way to tackle the complex issues facing an aging population was as an organized, interdisciplinary team that integrates the input of older adults and multiple perspectives.

MIRA has mobilized researchers at McMaster to coordinate their efforts to enhance the University's research strengths in aging. STAFF Parminder Raina | Scientific Director Tel: 905.525.9140 x 22197 Email: [email protected] Ine Wauben | Managing Director Tel: 905.525.9140 x 22395 Email: [email protected] Audrey Patocs | Research Coordinator Tel: 905.525.9140 x ​22877 Email: [email protected] Kara Aaserud | Communications Coordinator Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21056 Email: [email protected] Allison Ward | Project Manager Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21428 Email: [email protected] Alison Outtrim | Administrative Assistant Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21723 Email: [email protected] Mitchell ​Bonaccorso | Communications Assistant Email: [email protected] Janet Bell | Communications Assistant Email: [email protected]

Mission: Our mission is to optimize the health and longevity of the aging population through leading-edge research, education and stakeholder collaborations, while upholding the values of integrity, excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and transparency. We will transform the experience of aging by transforming the science of aging.

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"Complaints are one of the ways in which patients, families and caregivers can help improve care and services."
10/07/2020
Complaints as a learning and improvement tool

"Complaints are one of the ways in which patients, families and caregivers can help improve care and services."

Each year, many patients, families and caregivers who interact with the health and social systems experience dissatisfaction and adverse events. Complaint mechanisms can be seen as a tool for learning and improvement. But what do we know about the nature of complaints and their effects?

3 evidence-based tips for living with heart failure
10/07/2020
3 evidence-based tips for living with heart failure

3 evidence-based tips for living with heart failure

Are you looking for strategies to help you manage a heart failure diagnosis? Check out what the research has to say on exercise, self-care, and transitional care.

Watch MIRA's scientific director, Dr. Parminder Raina explain how a national study involving 19,000 Canadians will inves...
10/07/2020
WATCH: COVID-19 and aging adults

Watch MIRA's scientific director, Dr. Parminder Raina explain how a national study involving 19,000 Canadians will investigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 among aging Canadians

Parminder Raina, scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, explains a new nationwide study that will investigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 on older adults.

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
10/05/2020

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

"In basic terms, the blood sample analysis will show how widespread SARS-CoV-2 infection is among men and women over age 50, while the questionnaire will tell us about the lives of those individuals since the onset of the pandemic. Together, this information will give us a more complete understanding of the transmission dynamics and the risk factors that are associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in aging adults."

Parminder Raina, lead principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), on the launch of the CLSA COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study

Read more here: http://ow.ly/ruQV50BGP6b

iGeriCare is an online resource developed specifically for individuals, patients, and families living with dementia. Bet...
10/01/2020
Home | iGeriCare - Bringing Clarity to Dementia

iGeriCare is an online resource developed specifically for individuals, patients, and families living with dementia. Better understand dementia on #IDOP2020 #NationalSeniorsDay by accessing their e-lessons, helpful resources, and online events: https://igericare.healthhq.ca/

A diagnosis of dementia can be challenging for patients, families, and caregivers. Our lessons, helpful resources and online community will help reduce stress and increase quality of life. | iGeriCare

Do you act as a caregiver for an older adult? Have you been looking for information and support? The McMaster University...
10/01/2020

Do you act as a caregiver for an older adult? Have you been looking for information and support? The McMaster University Continuing Education is offering a free course for family or informal caregivers. Learn more about their Caregiving Essentials course on #IDOP2020 #NationalSeniorsDay: https://mcmastercce.ca/caregiving-essentials

Healthy Canadians
10/01/2020

Healthy Canadians

Good health adds years to life. Older people are an integral part of families and communities and strengthen our society.

Today is #NationalSeniorsDay, a day for us to recognize the important contributions of Canadian seniors to their families, communities, and country.

Learn more about what you can do to make healthy ageing choices: http://ow.ly/j0MP50BEJPm

Did you know the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is offering free video-based e-learning modules for older adults? Learn m...
10/01/2020

Did you know the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is offering free video-based e-learning modules for older adults? Learn more about this helpful resource on #IDOP2020 #NationalSeniorsDay https://bit.ly/30qaYoz

$4M launches national study on COVID-19 antibodies in older adults
10/01/2020
$4M launches national study on COVID-19 antibodies in older adults

$4M launches national study on COVID-19 antibodies in older adults

A $4-million investment from Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force will launch a national study to investigate the burden of SARS-CoV-2 infection among aging Canadians, a population that has been shown to be at greatest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 disease.

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons #IDOP2020 and #NationalSeniorsDay in Canada. COVID-19 has most significa...
10/01/2020

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons #IDOP2020 and #NationalSeniorsDay in Canada. COVID-19 has most significantly and severely impacted the lives of older adults worldwide. To help address the specific needs of our aging population during a pandemic, MIRA has compiled a list of resources for older adults to stay connected, informed and engaged: https://bit.ly/34jmSlr

MIRA member, Ravi Selvaganapathy and his team from private industry and McMaster University have successfully created an...
09/30/2020
McMaster researchers collaborate on N95 respirator made and approved in Canada

MIRA member, Ravi Selvaganapathy and his team from private industry and McMaster University have successfully created an N95 respirator approved for sale in Canada

A team of engineers, scientists and manufacturers from private industry and McMaster University have successfully created an N95 respirator made and approved for sale in Canada.

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
09/30/2020

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year. World Heart Day highlights the actions individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. http://ow.ly/Jn1N50Bpqsb #UseHeart

AGE-WELL
09/30/2020

AGE-WELL

En raison de la COVID-19, les personnes âgées du Canada utilisent davantage de nombreuses technologies.

Des médias sociaux aux outils de suivi du conditionnement physique en passant par les applications de livraison d’aliments, les personnes âgées du Canada ont accru leur utilisation de nombreuses technologies et de nombreux services en ligne pendant la pandémie de #COVID19.

Un nouveau sondage AGE-WELL réalisé par Environics Research montre que de nombreuses personnes âgées ont utilisé les appels vidéo pour communiquer avec d’autres personnes. Près du quart (23 %) des Canadiens de 65 ans et plus font maintenant des appels vidéo sur leur téléphone intelligent, soit deux fois plus qu’en 2019; 6 sur 10 d’entre eux déclarent une utilisation accrue en raison de la COVID-19.

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#technologie #vieillissement #innovation

Pioneering work by Mac Prof is still being employed in COVID vaccine research
09/30/2020
Pioneering work by Mac Prof is still being employed in COVID vaccine research | The Bay Observer

Pioneering work by Mac Prof is still being employed in COVID vaccine research

News Pioneering work by Mac Prof is still being employed in COVID vaccine research by John Best September 28, 2020 John Best 0 Shares 0 0 Read Next Mike Taylor of Walk off the Earth honoured with bursary McMaster University professor emeritus Frank Graham has been recognized for the impact of his sc...

World Heart Day: diet, exercise, and other lifestyle tips for a healthy heart
09/28/2020
World Heart Day: diet, exercise, and other lifestyle tips for a healthy heart

World Heart Day: diet, exercise, and other lifestyle tips for a healthy heart

Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. You can protect, maintain, and help contribute to your overall heart health through exercise, diet, and other lifestyle decisions and changes.

MIRA researcher, Lehana Thabane has been named a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) fellow.
09/23/2020
McMaster professors named Canadian Academy of Health Sciences fellows

MIRA researcher, Lehana Thabane has been named a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) fellow.

Five McMaster professors from the Faculty of Health Sciences are joining the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) as fellows, the highest recognition of excellence in Canadian academic health sciences.

"September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – an opportunity to increase awareness and educate Canadians about one of ...
09/23/2020
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Prevention and Screening

"September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – an opportunity to increase awareness and educate Canadians about one of the most common cancers in men."

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – an opportunity to increase awareness and educate Canadians about one of the most common cancers in men. Within Canada, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed non-skin cancer in men and the third leading cause of cancer-related death in this group. So, ...

Panic buying can limit or prevent the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, from accessing certain products. Lear...
09/23/2020
Pandemics and panic buying

Panic buying can limit or prevent the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, from accessing certain products. Learn about the ways in which we can face adversity together without giving in to panic buying.

We have all seen images on TV, the internet and in the newspapers of entire shelves in grocery stores and other retail stores emptied from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But why do people experience this shopping fever during crises?

Read Brighter World's Q and A with MIRA member, Xu-Dong Zhu about her research on cancer and aging.
09/23/2020
Repair work: A Q and A with researcher Xu-Dong Zhu

Read Brighter World's Q and A with MIRA member, Xu-Dong Zhu about her research on cancer and aging.

Xu-Dong Zhu’s research studies how our cells repair DNA damage – and what happens when they can’t.

Fall activities for older adults that boost well-being
09/22/2020
Fall activities for older adults that boost well-being

Fall activities for older adults that boost well-being

The summer is officially winding down, which means Fall is right around the corner! Embrace the change in weather and all the beauty and fun it brings with these fall activities that can boost your well-being.

Written commitments, such as behavioural contracts, may increase weight loss and improve diet in the short-term in adult...
09/21/2020
Healthy Aging with McMaster Optimal Aging Portal | full-article

Written commitments, such as behavioural contracts, may increase weight loss and improve diet in the short-term in adults with obesity or who are overweight when combined with lifestyle change supports

Support for the Portal is largely provided by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative. AGE-WELL is a contributing partner. Help us to continue to provide direct and easy access to evidence-based information on health and social conditions to help you stay healthy, active and engaged as you grow older.....

MIRA researchers, Hsien Seow, Marla Beauchamp and Victor Kuperman were each interviewed about their work investigating t...
09/17/2020
Three things McMaster researchers are learning about aging during the pandemic

MIRA researchers, Hsien Seow, Marla Beauchamp and Victor Kuperman were each interviewed about their work investigating the experiences of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about their individual projects here: https://bit.ly/3mGjMjM

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MIRA Trainee, Rasmi Kokash was featured in an article from the Hamilton Spectator about his participation in Symbiosis, ...
09/17/2020
Co-housing brings seniors company, support during pandemic

MIRA Trainee, Rasmi Kokash was featured in an article from the Hamilton Spectator about his participation in Symbiosis, a cohabiting project involving an exchange between isolated older adults and students at McMaster. Access the full story here: https://bit.ly/2RzhrbM

Two co-housing participants share their experience helping each other with stress, loneliness and recovery from a surgery during the pandemic

What strategies could help to deal with mass grief and bereavement? What programs and services could be put forward duri...
09/10/2020
Grieving experiences in the context of a pandemic: how to support individual and collective grief

What strategies could help to deal with mass grief and bereavement? What programs and services could be put forward during a pandemic?

In recent months, voices have been raised calling for a national strategy to support mass grieving and bereavement during the current and future pandemics. But what programs and services could be put in place to support those who must cope with the loss of a loved one during pandemics?

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MIRA grew out of recognition that the best way to tackle the complex issues facing an aging population was as an organized, interdisciplinary team that integrates the input of older adults and multiple perspectives. MIRA has mobilized researchers at McMaster to coordinate their efforts to enhance the University's research strengths in aging. STAFF Parminder Raina | Scientific Director Tel: 905.525.9140 x 22197 Email: [email protected] Ine Wauben | Managing Director Tel: 905.525.9140 x 22395 Email: [email protected] Audrey Patocs | Research Coordinator Tel: 905.525.9140 x ​22877 Email: [email protected] Kara Aaserud | Communications Manager Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21056 Email: [email protected] Allison Ward | Project Manager Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21428 Email: [email protected] Alison Outtrim | Administrative Assistant Tel: 905.525.9140 x 21723 Email: [email protected] Janet Bell | Communications Assistant Email: [email protected]

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