McMaster Institute for Research on Aging
In 2015, for the first time in Canadian history, there were a greater number of older people (age 65 and over) than younger people (under age 15) in the country. By 2036, an estimated nine million Canadians will be 65 years and older—representing about one-quarter of the population.
In Canada, the importance of addressing the needs of an aging population is recognized by provincial ministries of health, which have identified “aging in place” as a key priority. In Ontario, the 2013 Action Plan for Seniors reflects the province’s proactive approach to achieving “independence, activity, and good health—helping seniors stay safe, healthy, vibrant, and active.”
McMaster University has become a recognized leader in aging research, and is building on its infrastructure and expertise in this area through the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).
MIRA was created to stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary research in aging, as well as to develop innovative educational programs for students within the academic and clinical realms. The Institute’s approach is to conduct research in cross-Faculty teams and engage the older adult community, their families, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders through every stage of the research process, from design to evaluation and implementation of interventions and technologies.