Monday, August 29, 2011

Partners to build research centre for seniors

(University of Waterloo News Release)

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Aug. 29, 2011) - An ambitious partnership involving the Ontario government, postsecondary sector and Schlegel Villages will develop a centre of excellence for research, training and innovation in senior health care and wellness at the University of Waterloo. The goal is to help Canada better prepare for an aging population.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Study by Anita Myers examines licensing policies for older driver

With 14 percent of drivers being over the age of 65 and rapidly increasing with the baby-boomers, how old is too old to be behind the wheel?

A new national study on licensing policies for older drivers co-led by Waterloo professor Anita Myers found that Canada is a regulatory patchwork of requirements for license renewal, reporting practices, and appeals processes.

Read article in Globe and Mail

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New planner helps Canadians assess emotional and financial impacts of informal caregiving

Researchers in Waterloo’s faculty of applied health sciences have collaborated with RBC to design a new innovative planning tool to help Canadians assess the impact of caregiving for aging friends and relatives. “Your Caregiving Planner” has been developed by the RBC  Retirement Research Centre at the University of Waterloo as an interactive resource to help Canadians evaluate caregiving needs on an ongoing basis.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

David Hammond comments on B.C. promise of restaurant reform

When B.C’s health minister sits down he wants to know how many calories he is eating, and so does a large portion of the public he claims.

Waterloo professor David Hammond says “existing research suggests that more and more of our calorie consumption is coming from food eaten outside the home and the nutritional quality of these foods is typically low: higher in fat, salt and calories. We also know that very few people have any idea about the calorie content of what they are eating; some studies have shown that even dietitians can't accurately predict what is in their food."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Study examines tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal youth living off-reserve

Current national estimates of smoking, and alcohol and illicit drug use among youth underestimate the prevalence of these behaviours among Aboriginal youth living off-reserve. Research by Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact highlights the need for culturally appropriate prevention and cessation policies and programs for this at-risk population.

See Canadian Medical Association Journal abstract.

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