Schlegel Villages partners with the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) to drive research and innovation that benefits Village life. RIA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults through partnerships in research, education and practice.

RIA explores the aging process across various theme areas, such as:

  • Brain Health
  • Heart Health
  • Nutrition
  • Training and Education
  • Technology for Independent Living

RIA uses the research findings to create or improve programs, policies, education and training. The learnings are then shared, resulting in better care and enhanced quality of life for older adults in the Villages and beyond.

RIA is a charitable foundation and was founded by the Schlegel family in 2005 in collaboration with University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. 

Learn more about current and completed RIA research projects.


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