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We’re Hiring!

August 18, 2018

Communications Officer
Closing date:  September 5, 2018

The Communications Officer supports the overall implementation (planning, development, and delivery) of RIA organizational and program or project specific (e.g., Ontario CLRI) communications, including giving leadership to aspects of the communications plan. The position is responsible for developing content for a variety of communications (e.g., print, web, social) that reach different audiences (e.g., older adults, health professionals, researchers).

MAREP to join Research Institute for Aging

August 15, 2018

This fall, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) will move its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the RIA.

Since 1993, MAREP has been improving dementia care practices in Canada and around the world through research and education.

MAREP founder Ken Murray is pleased about the program’s future. “RIA is ideally suited to propel MAREP forward,” said Murray.  “To be able to integrate the work of MAREP with other research and educational initiatives at the RIA will have such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

“We’re excited to add MAREP to the RIA’s signature programs,” said Josie d’Avernas, executive director of the RIA. “Both MAREP and the RIA integrate research and education to improve dementia care practices and quality of life for older adults, and this consolidation of strengths will accelerate the impact we can have.”

Over the past few years, the RIA research team has grown, including a special focus on dementia. The addition of MAREP will complement this work as the RIA continues to develop programs, education and resources to benefit those living with dementia and their families.

Paul Stolee, interim Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at UWaterloo, said, “MAREP has a long history of success, not only in how it approaches the philosophy of care – ensuring collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including people living with dementia and their families – but also in the many resources it makes available for the public to use.”

Stolee added that the move to the RIA will allow for more interdisciplinary research and support for MAREP’s key projects, including the successful LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) program. LDJ was created in partnership with the RIA and Schlegel Villages, and was named Best New Long-Term Care Product or Service of the Year by the Ontario Long Term Care Association in 2017. The Faculty and RIA are working together to determine what additional activities will transition.

Applied Health Sciences and the RIA would like to acknowledge and thank all who helped build MAREP into a successful, relevant and highly regarded program, especially Lisa Loiselle, associate director of research, for her dedication, support and leadership with MAREP. Loiselle will be helping to ensure a smooth transition over the coming weeks.


Hilary Dunn-Ridgeway,
Director of Communications,
Research Institute for Aging,
(519) 904-0660 X 4104

Eugenia Xenos Anderson,
Manager, Marketing and Communications,
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences,
(519) 888-4567 X 33994

Ontario Renews Education Fund for Long-Term Care Personal Support Workers

July 16, 2018

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care funded by the Government of Ontario to provide continuing education

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has renewed the Personal Support Worker Education Fund for Long-Term Care. In its inaugural year (2017/18), the Fund had far-reaching impacts on the Ontario long-term care (LTC) sector, supporting continuing education for over 5,000 personal support workers (PSW) across 166 LTC homes.

The objective of the Fund is to build PSW capacity to deliver high-quality and safe care that meets residents’ needs. The Fund provides tuition and backfill to LTC homes for PSWs to participate in continuing education and professional development.

For the second year, the Ministry is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) to offer Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) training.  ERCC builds practical skills using a person-centred approach to support better care and better outcomes for LTC residents. ERCC is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

ERCC uses a train-the-trainer model. Participating homes will identify up to four PSW trainers, who will complete online education and attend a regional ERCC Trainer Workshop. PSW trainers will then deliver ERCC Team Member training to fellow PSWs within their LTC home. The Fund will provide tuition and backfill for PSWs who successfully complete the course, both at the Trainer and Team Member levels.

The Fund will accept online applications from Ontario LTC homes from July 18, 2018 until August 1, 2018. Only complete and accurate applications will be reviewed with priority given to homes who are participating for the first time. Approved LTC homes will be eligible to train PSWs in ERCC between September 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

To learn more about the Fund and to apply online, visit the PSW Education Fund website.

LIVING the Dementia Journey offering new workshops

June 28, 2018

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

In 2017, LDJ was named Product of the Year by the Ontario Long-Term Care Association. Argentum (a USA senior living leadership association) recognized LDJ as a “Breakthrough Innovation that opens new markets and offers new advantages”.

Workshops have been scheduled to offer LDJ in various locations. There is a limit of 25 people per session, so register early to secure your spot:

The program was developed in partnership with Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), and Schlegel Villages.

Learn more on the LDJ website.

Dr. Veronique Boscart receives Order of Merit Award

June 22, 2018

On Tuesday June 19th, Dr. Veronique Boscart received the Order of Merit, Research Award from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). This award recognizes her contribution to nursing  through her research program and development of innovative ways to build a highly-skilled workforce prepared to care for an increasingly complex aging population.

Congratulations Veronique!

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