Improving nutrition and health in hospitals, long term care and the community

The Nutrition and Aging Laboratory is home to a team of enthusiastic, dedicated, and innovative researchers. We enhance the health and quality of life of older adults in the community, in hospital, and in residential settings by studying how Mealtime experience, Meal quality, Meal access, and nutritional care can be improved.

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Our lab’s research is focused on three key aspects:

  • Diet resilience through improving nutrition behaviours of older adults living in the community
  • Nutrition care processes of patients in hospital
  • Food intake and quality of life for older adults living in long-term care 

Our work continues! 

 Nutrition and aging lab Zoom meetingThe Nutrition & Aging lab is doing our part to maintain social distancing and isolating at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. But this hasn't hampered our work or our spirits! Weekly Zoom meetings with the team help us to maintain our momemtum and share some social time.

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  1. Feb. 5, 2021Cindy Wei is awarded a Cansbridge Fellowship
    Cindy Wei

    Congratulations to Cindy Wei for receiving a Cansbridge Fellowship!

    The Cansbridge Fellowship includes membership to the Fellowship Network for leadership and skill development, a summer internship in Asia and attendance to a Silicon Valley week-long conference (modifications to the Fellowship may occur due to COVID-19). 

    Way to go Cindy! 

  2. Dec. 14, 2020Happy Holidays from the Nutrition & Aging Lab!
    Zoom photo of lab members

    After a tumultuous year of weekly Zoom meetings, virtual thesis defenses, and online coursework, we ended our final meeting of 2020 with a group holiday photo on Zoom! In the latter half of 2020, we also welcomed new students into the lab, including PhD students Hana and Safura (pictured). We wish you all a safe and restful holiday.

  3. Sep. 28, 2020Professor Keller awarded the Annual Marie Taylor Award
    Heather Keller Holding Marie Taylor Award

     Congratulations to Professor Keller on receiving the 2019 Marie Taylor Award of Excellence in Long Term Care, Seniors Nutrition & Dietetic Practise!

    The Marie Taylor Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in long-term care, forward thinking, advocacy and active involvement in mentoring individuals in older adult nutrition and collaboration.

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Meet our people

Cindy Wei head shot

Cindy Wei

Graduate Student

Cindy Wei is a Master's student at the University of Waterloo. She has been volunteering with Professor Keller since 2015, and has since completed her research apprenticeship, 8-month co-op, and undergraduate thesis with the Nutrition & Aging Lab. Cindy is part of the multidisciplinary hydration intervention team and the DELIGHT team. Cindy was also a part of the MoveStrong project and the Nutrition in Disguise project. For her Master’s thesis, Cindy will be investigating links between nutrition risk for community-dwelling older adults and the COVID-19 pandemic.