Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

Our vision: Working together with older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers to promote optimal aging at home.

In 2013, Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid, Jenny Ploeg and their research team were awarded a combined $5.8 million to fund the new Aging, Community and Health Research Unit. The program will receive $2.5 million over five years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Community-Based Primary Health Care Signature Initiative and $3.3 million over three years from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Award. This funding will allow them to promote optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and to support their family caregivers, by designing and evaluating new and innovative community-based health care interventions to improve access to health care, quality of life, and health outcomes in this population, while reducing costs.

The research program is made up of 12 interrelated studies to be conducted in Ontario and Alberta, in collaboration with a number of community partners and collaborators, and in partnership with a team of researchers from McMaster University, the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto, the University of Calgary, Mount Saint Vincent University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Waterloo, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and Women’s College Hospital. The studies will focus on the prevention and management of multiple chronic conditions. Specifically, the studies will target seniors with MCC who have dementia, Type 2 diabetes and/or stroke.

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The ACHRU Welcomes Four New Research Interns

You’ll see some new faces at the ACHRU this summer, Montana, Maverick, Sara and Conrad are furthering their learning in optimal aging research.

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Dr. Ruta Valaitis is the Closing Keynote Speaker at the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Conference

Dr. Valaitis talks about the changing landscape of health services delivery in health system transformation in primary care, public health, home health and acute care at the 12th National CHNC Conference this afternoon.

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New on the ACHRU Website

ACHRU researchers have five new 2017 publications so far in 2017 and three are forthcoming. You’ll also love some brand new features on our website that make searching easier.

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