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.

The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) designs, evaluates and translates innovative community-based interventions to improve access to health care, health-related quality of life, and health outcomes for people 65 years and older with more than one chronic condition.

Our research focuses on chronic conditions such as dementia, depression, diabetes and stroke. The research program includes our valued patient and caregiver research partners, more than 40 investigators and decision-makersstaff and trainees.

ACHRU was created with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Community-Based Primary Health Care Signature Initiative and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Award. ACHRU continues to build on this research program with funding from the Max Bell FoundationOntario SPOR Support Unit (OSSU), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Catalyst Fund and Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI), Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, Labarge Foundation, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), and Diabetes Action Canada.

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MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging

Our Co-Scientific Director Maureen Markle-Reid, is also Co-Scientific Director of the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging. This OSSU Research Centre in Aging, brings together world-class researchers from ACHRU and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). The mandate of the collaborative is to build capacity and advance Ontario’s health care system by using an integrated, coordinated, and people-centered approach.

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Scientific Directors

  • Rebecca Ganann Rebecca Ganann, RN, PhD
    Assistant Professor,
    McMaster University School of Nursing,
    MIRA Collaborative for Health and Aging
  • Maureen Markle-Reid Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Person Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers,
    McMaster University School of Nursing,
    Scientific Co-Lead, MIRA Collaborative for Health and Aging (OSSU SPOR Research Centre)

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New Website for EMBOLDEN Study

The EMBOLDEN study, with the goal of improved physical and community mobility for older adults, has a new website.

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EMBOLDEN Receives $1M for Research Study

EMBOLDEN has received nearly $1 million from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund (HCCF). The community-based research project to promote health, independence and mobility among older adults, is led by ACHRU's Co-Scientific Director, Rebecca Ganann.

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Identifying the Effectiveness of Fall Prevention Interventions in Community-Dwelling Adults with Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment

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