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R.B. Schlegel - University of Waterloo Research Institute for AgingResearch Funder/Centre

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Research centre



As a charitable, non-profit foundation, the RIA links research, training and practice to enhance care and quality of life for seniors.

The RIA is a product of the philanthropic spirit and vision of Dr. Ron Schlegel, whose family has been providing long-term care to Ontario residents since the 1950's. Owner and operator of eleven retirement and long-term care homes across Ontario -Schlegel Villages - he committed more than $6 Million to develop and launch the Institute in 2005 - $4 Million of which went to the first four Schlegel Research Chairs, and $200,000 per year for 10 years to RIA infrastructure. RIA finances continue to be supported by grants, contracts, and other donations.

RIA's primary research partner is the University of Waterloo, with 4 Schlegel Research Chairs in Geriatric Medicine (George Heckman), Geriatric Pharmacotherapy (Carlos Rojas-Fernandez), Vascular Aging and Brain Health (Rich Hughson) and Nutrition and Aging (Heather Keller). RIA's primary practice development partner is Conestoga College, with a CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair in Seniors Care for Colleges (Veronique Boscart). RIA collaborates with a number of other of other universities, colleges, research institutes and networks. To learn more, visit our Partnerships page.

RIA takes its responsibility to support the conduct of research seriously, but equally as important is the responsibility to ensure that the outcomes are used to inform programs, to be integrated into training, and to influence practice and policy.


The primary goal of the RIA is to enhance the care of older adults in both community-based and retirement/long-term care environments through the development and implementation of innovative research and training programs. The research collaborations and training initiatives fostered by the RIA are practical, hands-on, and have a direct link to quality of life.

The objectives of RIA are to:

  • Involve researchers, educators, caregivers, seniors and families in the research process and in training program development and implementation.
  • Develop a research knowledge base to improve care for older adults across care settings.
  • Develop innovative, evidence-informed programs to disseminate to health care systems provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Translate the results of research to practical training applications for caregivers, and integrate these results into curricula at colleges and universities in order to train people for careers in seniors’ care.
  • Provide evidence-informed education and training related to health and well-being to older adults and their families.

Main research areas

Age-Friendly Physical Environments
Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA)
Geriatric Medicine
Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)
Optimizing Medications for Seniors
Physical Activity & Plasticity of Aging
Primary Healthcare Education
Spirituality & Aging
Vascular Aging and Brain Health
Workforce Development & Interprofessional Practice 

Research disciplines

Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral


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