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The Portal gets social - new content focuses on the social aspects of aging

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is excited to offer citizens and stakeholders with a more comprehensive evidence source through the addition of evidence-based content about the social aspects of aging. This new content (featuring topics such as civic engagement, consumer protection, and transportation) complements the high-quality information already provided about the health aspects of aging. The broader range of content on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal will better support citizens in making informed decisions as they age.

The addition of this social content to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal was made possible by Forum+ through their launch of the beta version of Social Systems Evidence, an online repository designed to better support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who want to access the best available research evidence in a timely manner.

Labarge Initiative-funded project identifies promising nutritional supplement

In a study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, Labarge researchers report their findings on the optimal combination of nutritional components of a supplement designed to help older adults rebuild muscle that has deteriorated because of age. The full story can be found here.

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal now available in French

As a leading Canadian authority on the study of aging, McMaster University created the highly acclaimed McMaster Optimal Aging Portal in 2014 as a unique online health resource that supports the healthy aging goals of Canada’s growing senior population. The research team behind the Portal is now announcing the launch of French version of the Portal which can be found at The French language version of the portal is called the Portail sur le Vieillissement Optimal de McMaster.

2016 News

Chancellor Suzanne Labarge provides a gift of $15M to create the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging

Preparing Canada and Canadians for the oncoming “grey tsunami” – the overwhelming, unavoidable and never-before aging of our population – is the focus of a remarkable new $15 million gift from McMaster’s chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

The gift, announced October 19, 2016, at an event at Queen’s Park in Toronto, funds the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. It is the next chapter in the McMaster alumna and volunteer’s generous philanthropy supporting aging research.

“In just eight years, one in five Canadians will be 65 or older and the challenges of aging are so commonplace we accept them as normal,” Labarge, the former vice-chair of the Royal Bank of Canada, says. “Not only are more of us entering our senior years than ever, we are also living longer once we get there. A longer life can and should be a blessing but for many it can be a big problem.”

To read the entire article on McMaster University's Daily News, please click here.

Labarge researcher chairs conference session on technology and mobility

McMaster researcher Brenda Vrkljan chaired a session at the 2nd international conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. The session focused on "Keeping Seniors Moving: Technological Innovations that Promote Mobility in Older Adulthood":

Researchers at technology conference

From left to right - Genevieve Foley (University of Toronto), Tara Kajaks (TRI), Kathleen Van Benthem (Carleton University), Alexandra Mueller (McMaster University), Colleen McGrath (Ontario Shores/McMaster University), Brenda Vrkljan, Dale Leung and Kyung Mun (all from McMaster University).


McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford team up to promote healthy aging

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and the YMCA of Hamilton/ Burlington/Brantford have partnered to help Canadians stay healthy, active and engaged as they grow older. The partnership marks an important alliance inspired by a shared commitment to ensuring Canadians have access to the highest-quality health information to foster healthy communities.

More information: McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and YMCA partner to promote healthy, active aging.


Labarge Initiative-funded study recruiting participants

The Hamilton Spectator featured a story on Julie Richardson's study to promote maintaining mobility through adapting walking patterns in older adults.

2015 News

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and Canadian Association of Retired Teachers begin a new partnership

A partnership between McMaster’s Optimal Aging Portal and the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) will mark a new commitment to making evidence-based health information publicly accessible. As part of the partnership, the Portal and ACER-CART plan to collaborate on informing and engaging citizens and stakeholders on issues related to optimal aging.

More information:

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and Canadian Association of Retired Teachers partner to promote healthy, active aging PDF

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and MedicAlert®Foundation Canada partner to promote healthy, active aging

A new partnership between McMaster’s Optimal Aging Portal and MedicAlert® Foundation Canada will help to ensure that Canadians have access to high-quality information that can help them to remain healthy, active and engaged as long as possible, and to manage their health conditions.

More information:

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and MedicAlert® Foundation Canada partner to promote healthy, active aging PDF

2014 News

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal has now been launched!

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is a website that will provide a unique, trusted information source with a variety of tools and information to address questions about healthy aging from citizens, health care providers, researchers and policy makers. The site aims to become Canada's authoritative voice on optimal aging, and will offer free, up-to-date, evidence-based information.

Videos from the Launch of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal prototype

Action for Seniors report

The Minister of State for Seniors, the Honourable Alice Wong announced the Government of Canada's Action for Seniors report at McMaster University on September 10, 2014. The report contains information for older adults and caregivers so that they can stay well informed about the services and benefits available to them from the Government of Canada.

News about the announcement is available on the McMaster Daily News and in The Hamilton Spectator.

Thinking Ahead

Highlight videos and summary documents from the Thinking Ahead event, held in April 2014, are now available. These materials can be found at the McMaster Health Forum website.

2013 News

Ideas for healthy eating

The DIGEST study is examining the connection between diet and genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease. The participants in the study are provided with a meal plan for the duration of the 2 week intervention. Some meal tips from the study are provided below, so that those who are not participating will still benefit from the suggested diet used in the study.

DIGEST Meal suggestions

Auto21 Video Contest Winners

Brenda Vrkljan's group wins the Auto21-NCE Video Contest!

The winning video was selected by the communication managers from CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, the NCE, GM Canada, Chrysler Canada, Toyota Canada, the automotive reporter for the Globe and Mail (Greg Keenan) and the editor of Ward's Automotive News.

Samir Sinha

'Living well longer' a key theme at Innovation Showcase (McMaster Daily News, May 14, 2013)

"Aging is not a disease. It is a triumph," said Dr. Samir Sinha, keynote speaker at the recent McMaster Innovation Showcase. Held May 10 in CIBC Hall, the free event was organized by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International Affairs, and the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO). This year's Innovation Showcase was titled "Innovation for Life: Living Well Longer," and the interdisciplinary affair presented a wide range of McMaster-led research that will help us not only live well, but live longer.

Older driver vehicleIs an 'older driver vehicle' the auto industry's next big thing? (, Mar. 22, 2013)

Researchers say there's a clear global opportunity for an 'older driver vehicle,' but caution that the marketing challenges will be significant given baby boomers' youthful self-image. A car made with seniors in mind would likely need to be marketed based on life circumstances or milestones as opposed to age — a notion with which McMaster researcher Brenda Vrkljan agrees.

Brenda Vrkljan

Examining senior drivers (Brant News, Jan. 11, 2013)

Brenda Vrkljan, associate professor of occupational therapy at McMaster University, spoke to about 150 members of the Probus Club of Brantford at the Brantford Golf and Country Club about the issues invloving aging and driving.

2012 News

Suzanne Labarge

McMaster receives $10M gift to promote healthy aging (FHS News)

Businesswoman and McMaster graduate Suzanne Labarge has given $10 million to McMaster for a program sponsoring interdisciplinary research and a website portal on healthy aging that will provide accessible information for the public as well as health care professionals, researchers and policy makers. The program is called the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

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Nursing faculty to play role in Optimal Aging Initiative (McMaster's School of Nursing)

Associate professors of nursing Maureen Markle-Reid and Maureen Dobbins will each receive funding from the program for projects aimed at supporting the overall goal of improving and promoting healthy aging in society.

Five partners at McMaster will establish one-stop source for information and tools related to healthy aging (McMaster Health Forum)
With $10-million gift, McMaster embarks on study of 'optimal aging' (The Globe and Mail)
Globe Editorial: Aging with dignity (The Globe and Mail)
Banker bestows $10m on Mac to study aging (Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton's McMaster receives $10-million for research on aging (CBC News)
McMaster University receives $10M for research into healthy aging (CTV News)