The Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging is home to the RIA office and is located on University of Waterloo’s north campus. The Centre is a partnership between RIA, Schlegel Villages, University of Waterloo and Conestoga College.
The Centre includes Ontario’s first purpose-built teaching long-term care (LTC) home which is connected to a research and training building (the RIA building). The 192-bed LTC home operates as one of the Schlegel Villages (The Village at University of Gates) and all revenue over cost is donated back into research activities. The RIA building is home to RIA team members, faculty and labs.
These buildings were designed with learning, research and social spaces that encourage co-mingling of older adults, students, educators and researchers. They are also home to University of Waterloo and Conestoga College programs for learning and applied research related to seniors care and living.
The Centre will be completed in three phases:
- Long-term care home with adjacent Research and Training building (opened in 2015)
- Retirement home and Town Square, and expansion of RIA building (in progress)
- Retirement home