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  • Upcoming Events
  • Past Events

Upcoming Events

The Labarge Initiative partners with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to host events. Please check the MIRA website for information about upcoming events.


Recordings of Past Events

[View recordings from past events please on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal 'events' page]


October 2016

October 4: Going for Gold as we Age

Mark Tewksbury, Debbie Muir and Dr. Jennifer Heisz discussed the benefits of exercise and social engagement for optimal aging; and shared tips for setting goals and creating a winning mindset to help us achieve gold as we age.


July 2016

July 21: Solving Big Problems of Aging with Affordable Technologies

Dr. Geoff Fernie, a professional engineer and Vice President of Research for the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, spoke about the development of technologies that can help Canadians to remain in their homes as they age. We need innovative and affordable solutions to directly address the practical problems facing seniors, and their families, in managing chronic illnesses at home.

June 2016

June 8: Mental Health Matters: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults

Michael Landsberg, former host of TSN’s Off The Record and well-known mental health advocate, and Dr. Doug Oliver, a family physician with a passion for supporting the physical and mental health of older adults, engaged in an open discussion on depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges facing older adults.

September 2015

September 22: The science of Alzheimer’s: where are we going?

Alzheimer’s disease, one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people, has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. Despite the increased focus on this disease, many questions remain unanswered. Jay Ingram, one of Canada’s best-known and most popular science personalities, and Dr. Christopher Patterson, an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, examine the latest research and evidence into risks, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

June 2015

June 3: Active Living: How to Form Healthy Habits for Optimal Aging

Physical activity at all ages is essential to healthy aging. Despite the growing awareness of the health dangers of our modern sedentary lifestyles, keeping active can be a challenge. Join BodyBreak’s Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod, and McMaster University professor Stuart Phillips as they discuss the benefits of, and simple strategies to form lasting habits for healthy, active aging.

May 2015

May 21: Wearable Technologies and Optimal Aging

The popularity of wearable technologies has grown rapidly over the past few years, but the impact of these devices on health and healthcare remains uncertain. Nora Young and Dr. Anthony Levinson discussed the impact of wearable technologies on optimal aging and their potential for the future.

March 2015

March 25: Breast cancer screening: making sense of the evidence

Dr. Jonathan Sussman and Dr. Cathy Risdon from McMaster University discussed the latest evidence on breast cancer screening and reflected on the impact this evidence has on their interactions with patients.

January 2015

January 22: Diet and Healthy Aging

Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chair in Healthy Aging, University of Waterloo: What we eat: Nutrition as the Foundation for Healthy Aging