Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Aging, Community and Health Research Unit The aim of this research program is to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and to support their family caregivers.

To this end, the program will design, evaluate and translate new and innovative inter-professional community-based interventions to improve access to health care, health-related quality of life, and health outcomes in this population, while reducing costs.

We are so proud of Jenny Ploeg who will be receiving the Western University Legacy 2020 Centenary Award of Distinction S...
09/23/2021
100th Anniversary Virtual Gala

We are so proud of Jenny Ploeg who will be receiving the Western University Legacy 2020 Centenary Award of Distinction Saturday.

Western University, in vibrant London, Ontario, delivers an academic and student experience second to none.

Have you seen the latest Diabetes Action Canada podcast featuring our Co-Scientific Director Dr. Rebecca Ganann and our ...
07/21/2021
Actions on Diabetes Podcast

Have you seen the latest Diabetes Action Canada podcast featuring our Co-Scientific Director Dr. Rebecca Ganann and our community research partner Ron Beleno discussing our Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults?

Each episode includes a discussion with a Diabetes Action Canada researcher and Patient Partner about a topic of interest in patient-oriented research.

Congratulations to ACHRU Co-Scientific Director Dr. Rebecca Ganann, one of nine McMaster researchers to receive funding ...
07/19/2021

Congratulations to ACHRU Co-Scientific Director Dr. Rebecca Ganann, one of nine McMaster researchers to receive funding from the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards Program.
https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/the-province-of-ontario-invests-more-than-6m-in-mcmasters-research-enterprise/

Congratulations to ACHRU Co-Scientific Director Dr. Rebecca Ganann, one of nine McMaster researchers to receive funding from the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards Program.
https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/the-province-of-ontario-invests-more-than-6m-in-mcmasters-research-enterprise/

New Infographic & Research Brief: Our EMBOLDEN team found group-based physical activity that combine different types of ...
06/28/2021

New Infographic & Research Brief: Our EMBOLDEN team found group-based physical activity that combine different types of exercise are most effective in improving mobility in older adults.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/RESEARCH%20BRIEF_EMBOLDEN%20EVIDENCE%20REVIEW%20%28Oct.%2019%2C%202020%29%5B2%5D.pdf

New Infographic & Research Brief: Our EMBOLDEN team found group-based physical activity that combine different types of exercise are most effective in improving mobility in older adults.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/RESEARCH%20BRIEF_EMBOLDEN%20EVIDENCE%20REVIEW%20%28Oct.%2019%2C%202020%29%5B2%5D.pdf

Newly Released: We collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a stakeholder dialogue summary, evidence brief, and vi...
06/21/2021

Newly Released: We collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a stakeholder dialogue summary, evidence brief, and video interviews on ‘Engaging Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs, and Their Caregivers to Improve Hospital-to-home Transitions in Ontario’.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/newly-released-improving-hospital-home-transitions-older-adults-complex-health-and-social-needs

Newly Released: We collaborated with the McMaster Health Forum on a stakeholder dialogue summary, evidence brief, and video interviews on ‘Engaging Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs, and Their Caregivers to Improve Hospital-to-home Transitions in Ontario’.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/newly-released-improving-hospital-home-transitions-older-adults-complex-health-and-social-needs

NEW research brief from the MIRA Collaborative for Health & Aging highlights a systematic review of the literature on ho...
06/15/2021

NEW research brief from the MIRA Collaborative for Health & Aging highlights a systematic review of the literature on how, when, and with what impact older adult research partners contribute to health research. https://miracollaborative.ca/research-briefs/

NEW research brief from the MIRA Collaborative for Health & Aging highlights a systematic review of the literature on how, when, and with what impact older adult research partners contribute to health research. https://miracollaborative.ca/research-briefs/

During #SeniorsMonth we are releasing our new video with a call to action for fall prevention interventions that respond...
06/07/2021
Cognitive Impairment Increases Risks of Falls: How Can We Prevent Falls?

During #SeniorsMonth we are releasing our new video with a call to action for fall prevention interventions that respond to the needs of older adults with cognitive impairment living in the community

In our latest video, researchers issue a call to action during seniors month, for fall prevention interventions that respond to the needs of older adults wit...

New summary on our research aimed at improving the quality and experience of transitions from hospital-to-home for older...
05/26/2021

New summary on our research aimed at improving the quality and experience of transitions from hospital-to-home for older adults (≥ 55 years) with stroke and multimorbidity and their family caregivers.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/Final_ACHRUStudy15_Summary%201%20Page%20%281%29.pdf

New summary on our research aimed at improving the quality and experience of transitions from hospital-to-home for older adults (≥ 55 years) with stroke and multimorbidity and their family caregivers.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/Final_ACHRUStudy15_Summary%201%20Page%20%281%29.pdf

NEW: The Scale & Spread of Health Interventions Learning Module can be accessed online from the MIRA Collaborative for H...
04/13/2021
Learning modules

NEW: The Scale & Spread of Health Interventions Learning Module can be accessed online from the MIRA Collaborative for Health & Aging. It provides patient-oriented researchers with the tools to successfully plan and scale-up effective health-care programs.

The Collaborative is developing a series of online learning modules for researchers and trainees on thedesign, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of patient-oriented health interventions in a…

We are excited to announce Dr. Rebecca Ganann as our new Co-Scientific Director
04/09/2021
We are pleased to announce Dr. Rebecca Ganann as our new Co-Scientific Director | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

We are excited to announce Dr. Rebecca Ganann as our new Co-Scientific Director

Dr. Rebecca Ganann is the ACHRU’s newest Co-Scientific Director. She joins Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg in leading the research program they founded in 2013. Dr. Ganann, an Assistant Professor in the McMaster University School of Nursing and member of the McMaster Institute for Researc...

NEW Infographic: Physical exercise programs may be effective in reducing fall risk factors in community-dwelling adults ...
03/30/2021

NEW Infographic: Physical exercise programs may be effective in reducing fall risk factors in community-dwelling adults with cognitive impairment however, more high-quality research is needed to determine the most appropriate falls prevention interventions for community-dwelling adults with cognitive impairmenthttps://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/4-How%20can%20we%20prevent%20falls__0.pdf

NEW Infographic: Physical exercise programs may be effective in reducing fall risk factors in community-dwelling adults with cognitive impairment however, more high-quality research is needed to determine the most appropriate falls prevention interventions for community-dwelling adults with cognitive impairmenthttps://achru.mcmaster.ca/sites/achru.mcmaster.ca/files/4-How%20can%20we%20prevent%20falls__0.pdf

New Publication in the Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity: Engagement of older adults with multimorbidity as pati...
03/18/2021
Engagement of older adults with multimorbidity as patient research partners: Lessons from a patient-oriented research program - Maureen Markle-Reid, Rebecca Ganann, Jenny Ploeg, Gail Heald-Taylor, Laurie Kennedy, C McAiney, Ruta Valaitis, 2021

New Publication in the Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity: Engagement of older adults with multimorbidity as patient research partners: Lessons from a patient-oriented research program
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2633556521999508

Background: Patient “engagement” in health research broadly refers to including people with lived experience in the research process. Although previous reviews ...

Do you have an ‘inside perspective” on community-based health promotion programs aimed at older adults? Have you conside...
02/24/2021

Do you have an ‘inside perspective” on community-based health promotion programs aimed at older adults? Have you considered working with researchers to help them see things through the eyes of an older adult living in the community? If the answer is yes, we have a unique opportunity for you!

Do you have an ‘inside perspective” on community-based health promotion programs aimed at older adults? Have you considered working with researchers to help them see things through the eyes of an older adult living in the community? If the answer is yes, we have a unique opportunity for you!

02/16/2021

NEW publication from our co-investigator Melissa Northwood: The Complexity of Living with Diabetes & Urinary Incontinence for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions Receiving Home Care Services: An Interpretive Description Study. Co-authors: Jenny Ploeg, Maureen Markle-Reid, Diana Sherifali
Global Qualitative Nursing Research
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2333393621993452#articleShareContainer

NEW publication from our co-investigator Dr. Melissa Northwood in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes: Cross-sectional Stud...
02/04/2021
Cross-sectional Study of Prevalence and Correlates of Urinary Incontinence in Older Home-Care Clients With Type 2 Diabetes in Ontario, Canada

NEW publication from our co-investigator Dr. Melissa Northwood in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes: Cross-sectional Study of Prevalence & Correlates of Urinary Incontinence in Older Home-Care Clients With Type 2 Diabetes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1499267120301313?dgcid=author

L’incontinence urinaire (IU) est un état de santé contraignant chez les personnes âgées atteintes du diabète qui reçoivent des services de soins à dom…

Have you seen the article in the Conversation by our former trainee Anna Garnett and ACHRU co-investigator Melissa North...
02/01/2021
Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19

Have you seen the article in the Conversation by our former trainee Anna Garnett and ACHRU co-investigator Melissa Northwood? Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19
https://theconversation.com/older-caregivers-struggling-with-extra-burdens-of-home-care-during-covid-19-152373

Older adults who are caregivers to someone with a health condition or disability report severe and unrelenting levels of stress and isolation during COVID-19 due to pandemic-related protocols.

New Publication: Effect of socio-demographic and health factors on the association between multimorbidity and acute care...
01/15/2021
Effect of socio-demographic and health factors on the association between multimorbidity and acute care service use: population-based survey linked to health administrative data

New Publication: Effect of socio-demographic and health factors on the association between multimorbidity and acute care service use https://rdcu.be/cdDxm

This study explores how socio-demographic and health factors shape the relationship between multimorbidity and one-year acute care service use (i.e., hospital, emergency department visits) in older adults in Ontario, Canada. We linked multiple cycles (2005–2006, 2007–2008, 2009–2010, 2011–20...

01/13/2021
miracollaborativeforhealthandaging.files.wordpress.com

A step-by-step guide to plan for and involve patient, caregiver, and public research partners in patient-oriented research is available online from the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging
https://miracollaborativeforhealthandaging.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/mira-collaborative-health-and-aging-partnering-principles-guidance-clean_lg.pdf

Are you looking for resources and supports for patient-oriented research in aging in Ontario? Check out the newly launch...
11/20/2020
MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging launches new microsite to share resources for patient-oriented research in aging | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Are you looking for resources and supports for patient-oriented research in aging in Ontario? Check out the newly launched microsite by the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/mira-collaborative-health-aging-launches-new-microsite-share-resources-patient-oriented

Researchers can access more resources and supports for patient-oriented research in aging on the new MIRA Collaborative for Health & Aging microsite.

Maureen Markle-Reid and Rebecca Ganann will discuss: Patient-Driven Healthcare with Catharine Whiteside, Executive Direc...
11/17/2020
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) / La Société royale du Canada (SRC)

Maureen Markle-Reid and Rebecca Ganann will discuss: Patient-Driven Healthcare with Catharine Whiteside, Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada at the Celebration of Excellence and Engagement virtual symposium Thurs, Nov 26 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/patient-driven-healthcare-talk-celebration-excellence-and-engagement

We are grateful to #Insulin100 at #UofT for their support of the #COEE2020! Register for this virtual symposium held on November 26, and learn more about "The Legacy of Insulin Discovery: Origins, Access, and Translation". Register by Nov. 20 > https://bit.ly/36IBUlB

New Publication in Journal of Comorbidity: Self-management program vs usual care for community-dwelling older adults wit...
10/19/2020
Self-management program versus usual care for community-dwelling older adults with multimorbidity: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial in Ontario, Canada - Kathryn Fisher, Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg, Amy Bartholomew, Lauren E Griffith,...

New Publication in Journal of Comorbidity: Self-management program vs usual care for community-dwelling older adults with multimorbidity https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2235042X20963390

Background: Multimorbidity, the co-existence of 2+ (or 3+) chronic diseases in an individual, is an increasingly common global phenomenon leading to reduced qua...

Pleased to have our Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada featured in a s...
09/24/2020
Program provides relevant supports for older adults with diabetes - Diabetes Action Canada - SPOR Network

Pleased to have our Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada featured in a story on
Diabetes Action Canada website https://diabetesaction.ca/program-provides-relevant-supports-for-older-adults-with-diabetes/

By Krista Lamb For older Canadians, diabetes is often one of multiple conditions they are trying to manage—all while encountering barriers that are specific to their age. This is why a research team at Diabetes Action Canada is dedicated to working together with older adults with multiple chronic ...

Check out McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) webinar Active older bodies: Benefits and Stumbling Blocks, Se...
09/03/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MIRA Webinar Series: One topic, two disciplines. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Check out McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) webinar Active older bodies: Benefits and Stumbling Blocks, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.
Register here: http://bit.ly/MIRAwebinar

MIRA is pairing two scientists from different disciplines to cover one topic related to aging research. In our next webinar, Dr. Stuart Phillips, Kinesiology, and Dr. Meridith Griffin and her PhD student, Kelsey Harvey, of Health, Aging and Society, will be discussing "Active older bodies: Benefits....

New Publication: Study protocol for a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with multiple chr...
07/13/2020
Study protocol for a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depressive symptoms: a pragmatic effectiveness-implementation trial

New Publication: Study protocol for a hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depressive symptoms https://rdcu.be/b5AuI

Older adults (> 65 years) with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and depressive symptoms experience frequent transitions between hospital and home. Care transitions for this population are often poorly coordinated and fragmented, resulting in increased readmission rates, adverse medical events,...

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Do you have an ‘inside perspective” on community-based health promotion programs aimed at older adults? Have you considered working with researchers to help them see things through the eyes of an older adult living in the community? If the answer is yes, we have a unique opportunity for you!