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 

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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. May 13, 2020Rachael Donnelly wins third place in Canadian Nutrition Society's Infographic Competition
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    Congratulations to Rachael Donnelly for receiving third place in the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 2020 Infographic Competition!

    Rachael was one of sixteen finalists selected to present her infographic titled Tips for Staying Hydrated with Older Age to a panel of judges as part of the CNS virtual conference. 

    Below is Rachael's infographic. Well done!

  2. May 13, 2020CNS 2020 Virtual Posters

    Members of the Nutrition & Aging Lab (Rachael Donnelly, Cindy Wei, Vanessa Trinca) represented the Nutrition and Aging Lab at the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 2020 Virtual Poster Expo, an online conference from May 7, 2020 to May 15, 2020. Summaries and posters are displayed below.

  3. May 9, 2020The Nutrition & Aging Lab shares creative infographics for the annual Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) Infographics Competition

    Members of the Nutrition & Aging Lab (Rachael Donnelly, Vanessa Trinca, Cindy Wei) designed and submitted their infographics on various nutrition-related topics to the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 2020 Infographic Award Competition. The finalists for the CNS 2020 Infographic Competition can be viewed as PDFs here. Four of the sixteen infographic finalists were submitted by our lab members!

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Meet our people

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Hana Dakkak

Graduate Student

Hana is working towards a PhD in Aging, Health and Wellbeing through the Department of Kinesiology.  She is a Registered Dietitian working in Long-term Care (LTC), and has experience working as a Nutrition Manager in LTC facilities. Hana completed her BSc with Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics, and her MSc in Foods and nutrition (internship Stream) at Western University in London Ontario.  Hana is part of the DIReCT research team and the SCREEN validation project. For her research, Hana will be investigating challenges associated with mealtimes for people living with dementia.