The Forum is one of the key partners for the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative at McMaster University. The initiative consists of two sections – the Optimal Aging Knowledge Translation Enterprise, managed by the Forum, and the Optimal Aging Opportunities Fund.
The knowledge translation enterprise includes:
- the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal that provides information about healthy aging that you can trust;
- citizen panels to give older citizens, caregivers and those interested in optimal aging a voice in how governments and society can and should support optimal aging;
- stakeholder dialogues through which policymakers, stakeholders and researchers deliberate about ways to address the needs of the aging population;
- public talks and debates that feature high-profile speakers who share what they know and debate important issues related to optimal aging; and
- student-led conversations which give students the opportunity to discuss current issues related to optimal aging, as a way to gain exposure and to learn about how they think optimal aging is or should be supported.
The Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative was established in 2012 with a $10-million donation from Suzanne Labarge, the current chancellor of McMaster University, who has a keen interest in ensuring the public has access to trusted information that can promote healthy aging.
The Forum had previously established optimal aging as one of its core themes, allowing it to bring its expertise in several of its existing programs to the knowledge translation enterprise of the overall aging initiative at McMaster.
Forum Director John Lavis has worked closely with other researchers at the University on the content and functionality of the Portal. Details about the main contributors are available here.