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The Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital
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For Immediate Release
October 16, 2013

The Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital

(HAMILTON, ON) A dedicated team of experts at St. Peter’s Hospital and McMaster University have come together in a research venture that will focus on aging.
The St. Peter’s Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre will aim to:

o Improve the quality of living for seniors with chronic diseases through innovative research;
o Educate health professionals who care for seniors;
o Develop and evaluate educational health promotion strategies that enhance quality of life, function and independence for seniors and their families.

The Centre’s acronym, GERAS, is a Greek word which means ‘old age’, but also ‘honour’, which characterizes the spirit of this research initiative.

“The GERAS Centre represents the respect our team of experts has for older adults and the commitment we have to providing exemplary care in geriatrics,” says Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, Geriatrician, St. Peter’s Hospital, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University and Scientific Director of GERAS. “ This work acknowledges the link between research, practice and education and the importance of quickly implementing evidence-based strategies that will make a difference to patients.”

The GERAS Centre is coming at an opportune time, considering that Statistics Canada’s most recent population projections estimate that Ontario’s population of older adults will double in the next two decades.

“Research and education will be critical to improving quality of life for aging Canadians. This will help us to best conserve our healthcare system for individuals in most need of treatment,” said Murray Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences. “St. Peter’s in partnership with McMaster University, is uniquely positioned to build upon this important research for the benefit of patients locally and nationally.

Dr. John Kelton, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, said improving healthy aging is a key focus for the university.

“St. Peter’s is an excellent location for an interprofessional team to look for care improvements for seniors through discovery, learning and care,” he said. “We have two of our top geriatric clinical researchers in leadership roles at the GERAS Centre, so I know they will be successful.”

To view a video about the GERAS Centre, please visit vimeo.com/hamiltonhealthsciences/geras

For more information contact:

Heather Pullen
Public Relations & Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences
Phone: (905) 521-2100, ext. 75939
Paging: (905) 521-5030
pullenh@hhsc.ca

Susan Emigh
Public Relations
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 22555
emighs@mcmaster.ca
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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