Prevention is key! The Stress and Healthy Aging Research Laboratory is dedicated to evaluating evidence-based prevention methods to enhance cognitive function and wellbeing in late life.

Virtual Reality Research

With technological advances, there is increased interest in the use of virtual technology in health care. In collaboration with the Transmedia Zone, the StAR Lab is investigating the use of VR tourism as a tool to enhance quality of life and wellbeing among seniors living in long-term care facilities.

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Research 

Mindfulness-based practices were first introduced over 30 years ago into clinical and non-clinical settings as an intervention to facilitate adaptive coping with life stressors and enhance emotional well- being.  The cultivation of awareness and acceptance has been found to reduce emotional and physical distress by decreasing reactivity to events and the negative emotions that ensue.

At the StAR Laboratory, we are interested in evaluating the effect of mindfulness training in healthy older adults and older adults who experience chronic stress. Please see publications for relevant articles.

Nutrient Intake Research 

There is a large body of literature that highlights the importance of nutrient intake on physical function and wellbeing. Dr. Fiocco’s research has also shown the importance of nutrient intake, in particular salt consumption, on cognitive wellbeing in older adults. Using longitudinal prospective studies, the StAR lab collaborates on research that examines the association between diet patterns and trajectory cognitive function in older adults. Please see publications for relevant articles.

Lifestyle Program in T2DM Research

Dr Fiocco has examined the impact of a lifestyle program on cognitive function at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. If interested in reading about this pilot study, please see publications.