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.

Scientific Directors

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ACHRU Scientific Directors Share on Stroke App at Tech Event

Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis presented their mobile application for stroke rehabilitation with researchers, graduate students and industry partners at a Technology & Design for Optimal Aging event at McMaster University last week.

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New Publication: How Researchers Are Evaluating an Online Support Tool for Caregivers of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

The ACHRU’s latest journal article in BMC Geriatrics, outlines how a randomized control trial (RCT) is being used to evaluate My Tools 4 Care (MT4C). The internet-based intervention is aimed at supporting caregivers through changes they experience in their roles, relationships and health.

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ACHRU Co-Scientific Director is Part of Team Researching Best Ways for Public Health and LHINs to Work Together

Dr. Ruta Valaitis has been invited to be the Phase 1 Academic co-lead on the Public Health Units and LHINs study.

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