Heather Keller – Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

Heather Keller – Kinesiology, University of Waterloo


In Canada older adults are increasing
number. These older adults are not always eating as well as they could be. This affects their health and quality of life. My name is Heather Keller, I’m a researcher in the department of Kinesiology. I’m researching how novel foods that have more nutrition can help
older adults to be as well as they can in long-term care. My work will prevent
older adults from having micronutrient deficiencies like vitamin mineral
deficiencies that lead to poor health it will also ensure that they’re getting
the food they want to eat and it’s pleasurable to them. Graduate students
help keep my research alive. They energize me. It’s also seeing that
someone else is coming down through the generations that’s going to deal with this
issue and so it’s nice to encourage young student who may not have had a lot
of exposure to older adults to see that this is a really important area for
research and study. In Canada there’s very few people that actually do this kind of
research. We’re hoping that encouraging graduate students to take on research
projects in long-term care really help to expand the interest in this area as
well as the research and getting into very novel topics that will help older
adults to live as best they can. Teaching is an opportunity for me to
transmit knowledge that I’ve gained through research to students in a way that
hopefully engages them in thinking about older adults is an area that they want
to do research and practice in. I love the University of Waterloo. It helps me to do what I want to do. Whether it be teaching or research. I find that the
opportunities are there that I can explore what I want to explore I have
the opportunity to do novel research and have that support from the university. So it’s the place to be.

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