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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.

RIAF 2020

  • 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.

RIAF 2019

RIAF 2018

  • 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.

RIAF 2017

  • 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.

RIAF 2016

RIAF 2015

  • 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.