Did you know that by 2024, over 20% of the Canadian population will be over 65? There are already more Canadians over 65 than under 14. Regardless of your major or education level, knowledge about how to communicate, empathize with and understand the priorities and interests of an aging population is important for a variety of careers and life experiences. After all, all of us are aging every day!
Enhancing your knowledge about research on aging and working with older adults through MacPAGE will help prepare you for experiences in your personal and professional life. It will provide you with opportunities to explore topics in aging that interest you outside the classroom. It will help you to better understand the diversity of the aging population and their experiences. Most importantly, it will provide you with knowledge and skills to support optimal aging in your own community.
The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), a cross-Faculty research institute for advancing the science of aging, together with researchers from the Big Data and Geriatrics Models of Care Research Group, have developed a program to encourage and recognize participation in learning opportunities related to aging and working with older adults. This program is based around seven pillars of learning. These pillars represent broad opportunities and experiences that can support learners to gain knowledge about aging and working with older adults. They include a mix of experiential learning opportunities and opportunities to build up your background knowledge, as well as provide opportunities to learn from experts in research on aging.
In order to meet the criteria to receive MIRA Certificate for Research on Aging and Engagement with Older Adults, you must complete experiences within four of the seven pillars. At least one of these pillars must include in-person interactions directly with older adults.
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