1-2 pm This webinar will explore how public health students and professionals can contribute to the field of aging.  Two Master of Public Health candidates will discuss their practicum projects within the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care.  Both projects involved working with intersectoral and interdisciplinary groups seeking to improve health outcomes for older adults.  Click here to register.

Monday, November 23, 2015

We invite undergraduates, graduates and researchers to submit an abstract for a 10 minute oral presentation on their research related to aging.  For each accepted presentation, the registration fee of the presenter will be waived.

Gerald Alexander is a Group Health patient who participated in the Take Active Breaks from Sitting pilot study, and Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, an assistant investigator at Group Health Research Institute, led the study. They describe how the study coached older adults to sit for a half hour less, on average, every day.

Scientists at the University of Western Ontario analyzed 13 studies conducted over a 30-year period to determine the effects of vitamin D on muscle strength, gait, and balance in older adults. Their findings showed that older adults taking daily doses of at least 800 to 1000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D showed improvement in muscle strength and balance.

As we get older, we tend to have more trouble carrying out daily activities, such as walking. Some research suggests that older adults with poor hearing may have worse balance, run higher risks of falling, and have more trouble walking and carrying out other daily activities than seniors with better hearing. The research article is not available without subscription yet the overview is.

Frequent falling was associated with at-fault motor vehicle collisions (MHC) involvement of older drivers.  History of falling can be used to identify individuals at risk of MVC involvement and to begin a dialogue about driver safety.

Reasearch found that Tai Chi, a martial art that combines gentle movements, breathing techniques, and stretching, can help prevent falls among older adults. So, too, can an exercise program that includes stretching, strength, and aerobic (“heart healthy”) exercises that are done mostly while sitting, a new study finds.

This presentation by Susan Jaglan and Kristen Pitzul provides the final results of a former TVN Knowledge Synthesis Grant (now CFN Knowledge Synthesis Grant).  

This page on the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) site (former TVN site) focuses on the presentation provided by Dr. John You, Dr. Simon Oczkowski and Dr. Han-oh Chung of McMaster University about the final results of a TVN funded project that occurred October 21, 2015.

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