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

To support optimal aging in Ontario, a new OSSU Research Centre in AgingMIRA | Collaborative for Health & 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

  • Maureen Markle-Reid Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity & their Caregivers,
    Scientific Co-Lead MIRA | Collaborative For Health & Aging
  • Jenny Ploeg Jenny Ploeg, RN, PhD
    Professor,
    McMaster University School of Nursing,
    Department of Health, Aging and Society
  • Ruta Valaitis Ruta Valaitis, BScN, MHSc, PhD
    Emeritus,
    McMaster University,
    School of Nursing

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New study will examine the "well-being paradox"

A new study will examine self-reported health among community-dwelling older adults with multimorbidity and depressive symptoms.

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EMBOLDEN Trial Research Summary: A Community-Based Program to Enhance Physical and Community Mobility in Older Adults

The study team will co-design, implement and evaluate an innovative community-based intervention with the goal of improved physical and community mobility, nutrition, and social participation in older adults.

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ACHRU Trainee Anna Garnett Receives a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For Anna Garnett earning her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the realization of a long-term goal that enabled her to build her skills as an academic researcher while drawing on the skills, knowledge and experience she gained during her professional and clinical career.

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