Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

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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.

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid is highlighted as one of McMaster University School of Nursing's researchers for #HeartMonth. Sh...
02/11/2020
Heart Month 2020

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid is highlighted as one of McMaster University School of Nursing's researchers for #HeartMonth. She is evaluating a hospital-to-home intervention to improve the quality & experience for #olderadults with #stroke & #multiplechronicconditions

Heart disease is one of the leading killers of Canadians. At McMaster’s School of Nursing, researchers are searching for better ways to treat and prevent this condition. 

Don't Miss this McMaster Health Forum webinar March 25 @ noon: Top Ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transiti...
01/21/2020
Top Ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health and social needs

Don't Miss this McMaster Health Forum webinar March 25 @ noon: Top Ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions with François-Pierre Gauvin, Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann

Drawing on insights from a recent Citizen Panel and a randomized controlled trial on this topic, as well as evidence from the citizen brief, François-Pierre Gauvin, Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann will share insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions for older adult...

We’re aiming to improve diabetes self-management & the quality of care for older Canadians with diabetes & multiple chro...
11/14/2019
ACHRU Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

We’re aiming to improve diabetes self-management & the quality of care for older Canadians with diabetes & multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Learn more about our innovative community-based model for diabetes care #DiabetesAwarenessMonth #WorldDiabetesDay
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/research-studies/achru-community-partnership-program-diabetes-self-management-older-adults-%E2%80%93-canada

This program of research builds on our previous work to refine the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) Community Partnership Program (ACHRU CPP) for a multi-site randomized controlled trial, to further evaluate its feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes. This new and innovative commu...

In our latest video our researchers explain how patients, caregivers and the public are making research more effective b...
10/18/2019
New Video: Patient, Caregiver and Public Engagement in Research | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

In our latest video our researchers explain how patients, caregivers and the public are making research more effective by engaging in research at the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/new-video-patient-caregiver-and-public-engagement-research

In our latest video our researchers explain how patients, caregivers and the public are making research more effective by engaging in research at the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit.

Congrats to Marie-Lee Yous on receiving the Julie Hall Scholarship for Neuroscience Nursing at the 2019 Registered Nurse...
05/02/2019
ACHRU Trainee Marie-Lee Yous Receives RNFOO Award | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Congrats to Marie-Lee Yous on receiving the Julie Hall Scholarship for Neuroscience Nursing at the 2019 Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) gala in Toronto. https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/achru-trainee-marie-lee-yous-receives-rnfoo-award

Yous, who is a PhD Nursing student at McMaster University and an ACHRU trainee, was presented with the Julie Hall Scholarship for Neuroscience Nursing last night at the 22nd Annual RNFOO Gala in Toronto.

Mark your calendars for this webinar 1 week from today with our Dr. Ploeg
04/18/2019

Mark your calendars for this webinar 1 week from today with our Dr. Ploeg

CAG Webinar Series: Lessons Learned in Research Mentorship in Aging: Perspectives of a Mentor and Trainee, with Drs. Jenny Ploeg and Esther Coker -- register now: https://mailchi.mp/71c51e4d4a76/april2019#engjpweb

Have you seen all of our latest publications? Find them here https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/catch-our-publications
04/04/2019
Catch Up On Our Publications | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Have you seen all of our latest publications? Find them here https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/catch-our-publications

Experiences of community-dwelling older adults living with multiple chronic conditions: A qualitative study by Jenny Ploeg, Marta Canesi, Kimberly Fraser, Carrie McAiney, Sharon Kaasalainen, Maureen Markle-Reid, Sinead Dufour, Lisa Garland Baird, Tracey Chambers. (BMJ Open) The aim of the study was...

The My Stroke Team (MyST) Knowledge Exchange Event Report is out! Learn how our intervention helped a Hamilton Health Sc...
04/02/2019
New Report: My Stroke Team (MyST) Knowledge Exchange Event | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

The My Stroke Team (MyST) Knowledge Exchange Event Report is out! Learn how our intervention helped a Hamilton Health Sciences stroke patient find the best hospital to home recovery https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/new-report-my-stroke-team-myst-knowledge-exchange-event

The My Stroke Team (MyST) Knowledge Exchange Event brought together researchers, health care practitioners, patients, decision-makers, funders, technology experts and a privacy officer to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. Study results, patient and health care team perspectives were shared, al...

We’re grateful to be highlighted as a Diabetes Action Canada program of research on their new bilingual website https://...
03/27/2019
Promoting Independence in Older Canadians with Diabetes | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

We’re grateful to be highlighted as a Diabetes Action Canada program of research on their new bilingual website
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/promoting-independence-older-canadians-diabetes

Diabetes Action Canada has a new bilingual website and ACHRU is featured as one of their programs of research. You can find our ACHRU Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada under the ‘Promoting Independence in Older Canadians with Diabetes’ button ...

Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event
01/30/2019
Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event

Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event

January 29, 2019 – Life expectancy in Canada has increased steadily over the past 150 years, according to Statistics Canada. Today, the average Canadian can expect to live well into his or her 80s thanks to huge advances in public health and awareness. But how do longer lifespans change the way we...

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. Did you know caregivers of older adults with dementia & multiple chronic...
01/14/2019
Support for Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. Did you know caregivers of older adults with dementia & multiple chronic conditions can find support online? Our findings indicate My Tools 4 Care (MT4C), helps with their complex caregiving roles and responsibilities.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/support-caregivers-older-adults-dementia

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. Did you know caregivers of older adults with dementia and multiple chronic conditions can find support online? Our research indicates My Tools 4 Care (MT4C), developed by Dr. Wendy Duggleby and colleagues, helps caregivers of community-dwelling older a...

Our Co-Scientific Directors Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg and Ruta Valaitis share their poster showing ground-breakin...
11/15/2018

Our Co-Scientific Directors Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg and Ruta Valaitis share their poster showing ground-breaking research on advancing patient and caregiver engagement in patient-oriented research: Insights from 4 Studies at Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA

So proud of our Drs. Rebecca Ganann, Carrie McAiney and our Patient Research Partner William Johnson for their article E...
11/07/2018
ACHRU Research Featured in Special CMAJ Supplement | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

So proud of our Drs. Rebecca Ganann, Carrie McAiney and our Patient Research Partner William Johnson for their article Engaging Older Adults as Partners in Transitional Care Research in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) special patient-oriented research supplement released today https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/achru-research-featured-special-cmaj-supplement

We’re pleased to have our research featured in a special patient-oriented research supplement in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) being released today. Drs. Rebecca Ganann, Carrie McAiney, and our valued Patient Research Partner William Johnson have collaborated on an article in ‘...

Maureen Markle-Reid joins panel of experts on November 8th for Fall Prevention Month: The McMaster Research Institute fo...
11/01/2018
Fall prevention for older adults with cognitive impairment

Maureen Markle-Reid joins panel of experts on November 8th for Fall Prevention Month: The McMaster Research Institute for Research on Aging and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation have teamed up to explore the risk of falling in older adults with Cognitive Impairment. This event is FREE. Register: https://fallsfrailty.eventbrite.ca
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/fall-prevention-older-adults-cognitive-impairment

Did you know that those who are cognitively impaired are four to five times more likely to fall than those who are not? According to the Alzheimer Society, these falls carry three-times' higher risk for fracture and a five-times higher risk of hospitalization or transition to a long-term care settin...

In our latest video hear from researchers, a patient and members of the healthcare team on how our post-stroke intervent...
10/16/2018

In our latest video hear from researchers, a patient and members of the healthcare team on how our post-stroke intervention helps improve the move from hospital to home for older stroke patients with chronic conditions.
https://youtu.be/vNjbLL8xqpg

Stay physically & mentally active, remain socially engaged in family & community activities & advocate for your own heal...
10/01/2018
On International Day of Older Persons, McMaster experts weigh in on what it takes to age well

Stay physically & mentally active, remain socially engaged in family & community activities & advocate for your own health or have a caregiver advocate for you, say our Co-Scientific Directors Drs. Jenny Ploeg and Maureen Markle-Reid on National Seniors Day

October 1, 2018 – Most of us would agree that living longer is a good thing – as long as we have our independence, mobility, social connections, financial stability and health. But we know that’s not always the case. Why, then, do some people age better than others? Are there things we can do ...

Interested in reading our latest publications? There are some you won’t want to miss! Browse the highlights or click on ...
09/24/2018
What Have Our Researchers Been Up To? | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Interested in reading our latest publications? There are some you won’t want to miss! Browse the highlights or click on the link to read more.
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/what-have-our-researchers-been

Protocol for a program of research from the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit: Promoting optimal aging at home for older adults with multimorbidity by Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg, Ruta Valaitis, Wendy Duggleby, Kathryn Fisher, Kymberlee Fraser, Rebecca Ganann, Lauren Griffith, Andrea Gr...

In Case You Missed It: Our Opinion piece on hospital to home transition also in The Hamilton Spectator
09/10/2018
Opinion | Hospital to home transition demands investment and innovation

In Case You Missed It: Our Opinion piece on hospital to home transition also in The Hamilton Spectator

Despite having diabetes and arthritis, Verne was a thriving 72-year old who lived at home with his wife when he had a stroke. He had excellent care in the hospital and began his recovery there. But he...

09/04/2018

Congratulations to our trainee Dr. Lisa Garland Baird on successfully defending her PhD: ‘Home Care Case Managers’ Integrated Care of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions: An Institutional Ethnography

Read our op-ed in the Vancouver Sun (via EvidenceNetwork.ca) on why we must do more for seniors coming home from hospita...
08/30/2018
Op-ed: We Must Do More For Seniors Coming Home From Hospital | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Read our op-ed in the Vancouver Sun (via EvidenceNetwork.ca) on why we must do more for seniors coming home from hospital
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/op-ed-we-must-do-more-seniors-coming-home-hospital

Improving the transition from hospital to home will help create a better system that’s both more efficient and cost-effective and improve the standard of care for seniors, say Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis in the Vancouver Sun.In this op-ed they point out the status quo is not meeting...

Congratulations to Rebecca Ganann as co-lead on this new study: The Costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People
07/19/2018
McMaster University School of Nursing

Congratulations to Rebecca Ganann as co-lead on this new study: The Costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People

New study co-led by Dr. Rebecca Ganann will examine the costs of #aging -in-place for frail older people @achru_mcmaster - read https://bit.ly/2LtMj8Y

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