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The Research & Innovation in Aging Forum (RIAF) is hosted by the Centre in Studies in Aging & Health and brings together researchers, clinicians and other stakeholders to discuss research related to aging. The forum is a platform for sharing research ideas, research in progress and completed projects with the goal to augment communication networks, have opportunities for discussion and feedback and to celebrate each other’s’ work.
- Using Research-based Film to Improve the Care of Older LGBTQ People Aging at Home - July 29, 2020. Dr. Alisa Grigorovich and Siobhan Churchill screened the film "Out at Home" and explore its potential for reducing stigma and improving gaps in knowledge regarding LGBTQ older adults in home care services. They explored with participants the impact of the film, its usefulness to informing their own practice and understanding in this area, as well as suggestions for additional educational tools and materials to support its uptake.
- Toronto Social Capital Study – A Focus on the Social Lives of Toronto’s Seniors - February 26, 2019. Michael Nicen introduced the concept of social capital, discussed social capital and seniors in Toronto and suggested targeted solutions and opportunities to flag current gaps.
- Participation Experiences of People with Deafblindness or Dual Sensory Loss - December 11, 2018. PhD Candidate Atul Jaiswal introduced the condition of dual sensory loss or deafblindness and discussed the characteristics, epidemiology and impact of dual sensory loss on life.
- Aging, Privacy & Technology - October 16, 2018. Dr. Lisa Carver reviewed technology that 'supports' healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community, discussed data collected and novel applications of that information, and promoted the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult's privacy and autonomy.
- Design of Devices to Increase Independence - February 21, 2017. Dr. Claire Davies describes the interdisciplinary collaborations in the design of assistive devices, identified some overlaps between engineering and health care when working with devices, explored the importance of ensuring the user is paramount in the design process, and reviewed recent design innovations.
- Gazing Critically at Age-Friendly Communities - January 17, 2017. Dr. Rosenberg described the importance of including the voices of the older population in all discussions about how to make communities age-friendly, the data in our communities and priority areas of focus that are emerging as trends across the country, and how data profiles can help us learn more about older adults in our own communities, and geographic trends across our province and country.
- Wound Bed Preparation From Evidence to Policy Development - June 21, 2016. Dr. Kevin Woo simplified the complexity of chronic wounds and evidence-based approaches to management, examined the challenges of self-management in people with chronic wounds, and presented a policy agenda to address chronic wound care in Canada.
- Diabetes Within Ontario’s First Nations Peoples - May 17, 2016. Dr. Michael Green shared information about research that takes a closer look at diabetes within Ontario's First Nations peoples and explored the possible impact of this research and our understanding of the health trajectory of older adults.
- To be or not to be, that is the Question: Getting ready for Physician-Assisted Death - April 21, 2016. Dr. Chris Frank discussed the specifics of the Supreme Court ruling, reviewed the College of Physicians and Surgeons guidance to physicians and explored how you and your organization may approach requests.
- One Year Later – Lessons Learned from the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Planning Outreach Initiative - October 18, 2016. Sarah Webster and Dr. John Puxty provided an introduction to age-friendly communities, summarized the current status of 56 Ontario Communities that received AFC Community Grant Funds, and explored the ways in which the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Planning Outreach Initiative has increased awareness, connectivity, and capacity across the province.
- Balance Impairment and Fear of Falling in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Need to Think Beyond Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy - November 15, 2016. Dr. Nandini Deshpande shared data and results from four studies exploring the effects of the subtle degradation in the function of multiple sensory systems critical for balance control in older persons with type 2 diabetes.
- Regional Integrated Falls Prevention & Management - November 17, 2015. Dr. John Puxty & Mariel Ang shared research investigating health issues related to aging and initiated a forum that promotes networking, collaboration and innovation in research.
- Problem Solving Therapy for Depression in Older Adults - June 16, 2015. Dr. Dallas Seitz reviewed evidence for problem-solving therapy for depression in older adults from a systematic review, discussed the implementation and evaluation of problem-solving therapy in the seniors mental health program at Providence Care, and explored opportunities for future research studies in problem-solving therapy.
- Palliative Care – Evaluating Regional Initiatives to Reduce Hospital Utilization - December 15, 2015. Dr. Raymond Viola reviewed factors associated with the location of palliative care delivery for individual patients, described two southeastern Ontario initiatives to facilitate end-of-life care in the community, and outlined an ongoing study to evaluate these two initiatives.
- Age-Friendly Communities Project - July 7, 2015. Dr. John Puxty introduced the concept of what Age-Friendly Communities are and how they benefit older people, explored what has been done in other parts of Canada and Ontario, and discussed the innovation coming into being through the assistance of the Senior Secretariats vision.
- Quinte Healthlink: Redesigning Care for Patients with Complex Needs - October 20, 2015. Mary Woodman reviewed the various benefits to patients and the health care system by implementing HealthLinks, explored how this approach addresses unmet medical, mental health and social needs, helps patients navigate the system, and improves end of life care.