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.

Don’t miss our McMaster Health Forum Top Ten Insights webinars on how to improve hospital-to-home transitions for older ...
06/01/2020
Top Ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions: Part 1 - older adults with complex health and social needs

Don’t miss our McMaster Health Forum Top Ten Insights webinars on how to improve hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health and social needs.
June 9, 12 p.m. Part 1 - Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Needs
https://www.mcmasterforum.org/learn-how/public-events/event-item/top-ten-insights-into-improving-hospital-to-home-transitions-part-1---older-adults-with-complex-health-and-social-needs

Register now for our June 9 webinar.

NEW PUBLICATION: An integrated hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with stroke and multimor...
04/28/2020
An integrated hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with stroke and multimorbidity: A feasibility study - Maureen Markle-Reid, Ruta Valaitis, Amy Bartholomew, Kathryn Fisher, Rebecca Fleck, Jenny Ploeg, Jennifer...

NEW PUBLICATION: An integrated hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults with stroke and multimorbidity: A feasibility study

Background: Stroke is the leading cause of death and adult disability in Canada. Eighty percent of older adults (≥65 years) who have suffered a stroke will retu...

From our colleagues at the McMaster Health Forum a new guide COVID-END to help coordinate and reduce duplication in the ...
04/24/2020
Our guide to COVID-19 evidence sources

From our colleagues at the McMaster Health Forum a new guide COVID-END to help coordinate and reduce duplication in the evidence-synthesis, technology assessment and guideline-development communities
https://www.mcmasterforum.org/networks/covidend/lets-collaborate/our-guide-to-covid-19-evidence-sources

To help health- and social-system leaders as they respond to unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams from the McMaster Health Forum and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute – as part of their contribution to RISE – and the Africa Centre for Evidence have compiled a list of...

Register for this McMaster Health Forum webinar March 25 with Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann on ...
03/13/2020
Improving hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health and social needs | Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Register for this McMaster Health Forum webinar March 25 with Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney and Rebecca Ganann on insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health & social needs
https://achru.mcmaster.ca/news/improving-hospital-home-transitions-older-adults-complex-health-and-social-needs

Mark your calendar for this McMaster Health Forum Top Ten insights webinar with our researchers. Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney, and Rebecca Ganann will join François-Pierre Gauvin to share on insights from a recent Citizen Panel and our randomized controlled trial, as well as evidence from th...

Mark your calendar for this McMaster Health Forum March 25 webinar with Maureen Markle-Reid,  Carrie McAiney and Rebecca...
03/10/2020
Top Ten insights into improving hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with complex health and social needs

Mark your calendar for this McMaster Health Forum March 25 webinar with 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...

NEW PUBLICATION: An evaluation study of caregiver perceptions of Ontario's Health Links program https://journals.plos.or...
03/02/2020
An evaluation study of caregiver perceptions of the Ontario’s Health Links program

NEW PUBLICATION: An evaluation study of caregiver perceptions of Ontario's Health Links program https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229579

Introduction In 2012, the Ontario government launched Health Links (HL), which was designed to integrate care for patients with multimorbidity and complex needs who are high users of health services. This study evaluated perceptions of family and friend caregivers of patients enrolled in the HL prog...

The event marked the official start of ongoing partnerships over the next three years to collaboratively design and test...
02/20/2020
EMBOLDEN team launches its first co-design event in Hamilton

The event marked the official start of ongoing partnerships over the next three years to collaboratively design and test novel approaches to improving the lives of aging Hamiltonians

February 11, 2020 – On December 9, 2019, the EMBOLDEN team held their Strategic Guiding Council launch event, effectively initiating the co-design portion of their research. Building on existing best practices and local evidence, researchers, together with local older adults and community service ...

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

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