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Plenty to Celebrate
May comes with a myriad of opportunities to promote health
Month: President George Bush notes, “This year's
theme, Choices for Independence, reflects the importance
of our citizens making retirement, lifestyle, and health
choices that enhance their quality of life as they grow
The Arthritis Foundation celebrates with the theme Get
Moving! It's the right time to get moving to a better
life through physical activity and reduced pain. For resources
Heritage Month: The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging,
supported by the AoA and in collaboration with community
and faith-based organizations, is helping seniors enroll
in the Medicare Prescription Drug program. A toll-free,
multi-lingual helpline has been set up to help AAPI seniors
navigate through the Medicare Part D process. The toll-free
- English 1-800-336-2722
- Chinese 1-800-582-4218
- Korean 1-800-582-4259
- Vietnamese 1-800-582-4336
National Bike Month.
The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work
Week from May 15-19 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May
19. For more information see http://www.bikemonth.com.
and Prevention Month: Osteoporosis…it matters is
the theme for 2006. The National Osteoporosis Foundation
hopes that healthcare professionals and patients will
talk about bone health. For information see http://www.nof.org/eventsandprograms/index.htm.
Health Week: May 14-20. The week is highlighted by National
Women's Check-Up Day (May 15). Health centers, hospitals,
and healthcare providers will offer preventive health
screenings to women. http://www.4woman.gov/whw.
Health & Fitness Day: May 17. Presented by the National
Association for Health & Fitness. For information
Senior Health and
Fitness Day: May 31. The theme is Fitness - A Lifetime
of Benefits! More than 100,000 older adults are expected
to participate in health events at over 1,000 local organizations.
The Active for Life® NPO encourages
health, wellness, and fitness professionals to make a special
effort to recognize these celebrations and observances,
and to use them as opportunities to encourage patients and
clients to become (or continue to be) physically active,
and to adopt other healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Are You An Innovator?
Do you have a creative, visionary, or bold initiative in
the field of older adult wellness? If so, the International
Council on Active Aging invites you to enter the 2006 ICAA
Industry Innovators Awards competition and be recognized
for your inspiring work. For information and application
forms, visit http://www.icaa.cc/awardsprogram.htm.
The Active for Life® program was recognized as an industry
innovator in 2004.
Congratulations to OASIS
The Person to Person program of St. Louis OASIS was recognized
as a Program of Excellence, the highest award given by the
RespectAbility Program of the National Council on Aging.
Through Person to Person, OASIS trains adults over 50 as
individual peer counselors, caregiver guides, and community
discussion group leaders. Three OASIS sites (Pittsburgh,
St. Louis, and San Antonio) are Active for Life® grantees.
OASIS also was recently awarded a
two-year grant of $150,000 from the Anthem Foundation to
offer Active Start to low-income sedentary older adults
in the downtown Indianapolis area. Active Start combines
Active Living Every Day, a behavior change program that
helps people develop strategies for including physical activity
in their daily routine, and Exerstart, an exercise program.
Check out the March/April
2006 issue of the International Journal on Active Aging
Barbara Resnick, PhD, of the University of Maryland School
of Nursing, and AFL director Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH have
co-authored an article, Motivating Frail Older Adults
To be Physically Active. The article provides practical
information, screening tools, and exercise options. See
CDC's Division of Diabetes
Translation Annual Diabetes Conference. May 16-19, 2006.
Denver, CO. Sponsored by CDC's Division of Diabetes
Translation and CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical
Activity, this conference will address diabetes and obesity.
For more information, see http://www.psava.com/doc2006/main.html.
Translating Research Into
Practice and Policy Conference. July 10-12, 2006. Washington,
DC. For information see http://www.epc3.net/TRIPP06/conference/index.html.
Annual Conference. Aug. 6-10, 2006. Chicago, IL.
For information go to http://www.n4a.org/2006conf/chicago2006.cfm.
2006 National Health Promotion
Conference. Sept. 12-14, 2006. Atlanta, GA. Presented
by CDC's Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, the National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,
and the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cochp/conference/index.htm.
National Home and Community Based Services Waiver Conference
(in conjunction with the Minnesota Aging and Disabilities
Odyssey). Oct. 1-4, 2006. Minneapolis, MN. For
information go to http://www.nasua.org/waiverconference/.
4th Annual ICAA Conference:
Active Aging 2006. Nov. 15-17, 2006. Mandalay Bay Convention
Center, Las Vegas, NV. Information is available
Tactics and Tools
2006 Trends in Health and Aging
Find tables on trends in the health of older Americans.
Data includes tables by age, gender, race, and Hispanic
origin. The tables are easy to customize. For details see
Women’s Health Outreach
AoA, the Office on Women’s Health, and the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services have partnered to promote
Reconnect to Your Health!, a Women’s Health Outreach
Campaign. The campaign focuses on Medicare-covered preventive
services and Medicare’s new prescription coverage.
Materials are tailored for Mother's Day and National Women's
Health Week. Posters, available in English and Spanish,
can be distributed to women by community aging service providers.
For information, go to http://www.aoa.gov/press/spotlight_on/spotlight_on.html.
AARP Offers Route 66 Fitness
Get Fit on Route 66 is an interactive site that lets people
convert exercise minutes to miles along this scenic Mother
Road. To help inspire individuals to be more active, participants
will travel from Chicago to Santa Monica by recording exercise
minutes. One minute of activity equals one mile. Time spent
walking, biking, swimming, and playing tennis counts as
exercise minutes, as do all activities that increase heart
rate and get people moving. For more information see http://aarp.getfitonroute66.com/.
Helping People Get Moving
While vacations are meant to be relaxing, there are times
when they can border on lethargic. Hours of lying in the
sun, sitting in restaurants, and sleeping late hardly qualify
as aerobic activity. But a few small changes while on the
road can help get the body moving and burn some of those
extra calories that inevitably will be consumed. Annie Eakin,
assistant director of aquatics for Indiana University Bloomington's
Division of Recreational Sports, offers several suggestions
Instead of lying
by the pool, get in it and move around. Aqua jogging is
an easy activity that will exercise nearly the entire
body and get your heart rate up.
as snorkeling, skiing or taking the kids somewhere that
requires walking, like the zoo or a theme park, can be
fun and are calorie-burners.
For indoor workouts,
book a room in a hotel that has an exercise room.
Find a fitness
center that offers day passes. The YMCA, which is an international
workout facility, sells day passes for $8-10, and can
be found in almost every city in America.
Cement and citron are forecast to be predominant colors
in sporting and fitness wear in spring/summer 2007, and
russet and grotto blue will be featured in fall/winter 2007-08,
according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
Enewsletter SGMA In Brief (April 5, 2006.). "The first
optic impression in sales is color. Color is always an expression
of its time," said Monika Tilley, chairperson of the
SGMA/Color Association of the U.S. Color Card Project. Health
and fitness promoters might take a cue from the industry
and use these colors in promotion material, to keep things
trendy and fresh. Do consider that people with aging eyes
might have difficulty reading type that is in yellow hues
Marketing Physical Activity
to the Older Adult
This publication, produced by the International Council
on Active Aging, offers information about communicating
physical activity messages to older adults. The publication
is available to ICAA and AAFP members for free. Non-members
can purchase the publication for $49. For ordering information
Spanish Language Information
for Diabetes Patients
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in older
Hispanics. Factors that add to the risk include being overweight
and inactive. The National Institute on Aging has a free
fact sheet in Spanish with information on preventing, detecting,
and treating diabetes. To order a copy of La diabetes en
las personas mayores: una enfermedad que usted puede controlar,
call 1-800-222-2225 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Eastern time. A Spanish-speaking information specialist
is available to respond to calls. The material is also available
online at http://www.nia.nih.gov.
FITT Back to the Basics-Strategies
to Maintain a Healthy Back
More than 80% of Americans will experience back pain at
least once in their lifetime. Back pain usually reoccurs,
and some individuals develop chronic back pain. A recent
study in the Oct. 2005 issue of the American Journal
of Public Health demonstrated that recreational physical
activity has a positive effect on low back pain by reducing
pain and disability related to back injury, and improves
overall psychological health. For more information, see
People with Arthritis Don’t
More than a third of adults with arthritis don’t exercise,
according to a study in the May issue of American Journal
of Preventive Medicine. “People with arthritis are
not meeting physical activity recommendations made at the
federal level and by experts in the arthritis field,”
said CDC’s Jennifer Hootman, PhD. While exercise has
been shown to decrease their pain, delay disability and
improve gait and function, people with arthritis are even
more likely to be inactive than adults in the general population.
For more information see http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/519366/?sc=mwhn.
Regular Exercise Improves
Quality of Life
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that people
age 65 and older who continue to exercise are more fit.
And physical activity may improve quality of life over the
long-term. Participants were surveyed on their quality of
life, self-esteem, self-efficacy, confidence in their abilities,
and their levels of happiness or contentment. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-11/uoia-eay111005.php.
The Internet and Older Adults
Wired seniors are often cited as the fastest-growing demographic
group online, but that description can be misleading. Most
of the growth in this group over the last few years has
come from long-time Internet users in their early sixties.
There is little evidence that non-users in their seventies
and eighties are getting the Internet bug, notes the Pew
Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
According to the study, in 2006 34% of Americans age 65
and older go online (up from 29% in Jan. 2005). But a closer
look at the data reveals that just 28% of Americans age
70 and older go online - essentially the same percentage
as in Jan. 2005. For more information see http://pewresearch.org/obdeck/?ObDeckID=16.
Women Say Exercise Buddies
Nine in ten women age 45 and older feel confident they are
doing all they can to stay as healthy as possible, according
to a new AARP survey, Looking at Act II of Women's Lives:
Thriving & Striving from 45 On. An important point is
that 58% said that they would be more likely to exercise
if they had a buddy or friend to do so with them. The report
is available at http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/indliving/wlcresearch.html.
Older American’s Act
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Select Education recently
held a hearing on potential legislation to re-authorize
the Older Americans Act (OAA). Assistant Secretary Josefina
Carbonell indicated that over the last 40 years the OAA
and the aging services network have produced an array of
innovative programs to help older Americans retain independence
in the community. “We must look forward to the changing
realities facing our nation. Some of these realities include
increasing numbers of people living longer and the expanded
demand for long-term care,” she remarked. For information
AARP Physical Activity Survey
The views of 1,011 Americans about physical activity and
exercise are the focus of an AARP survey which explores
perceptions of the benefits of exercise, personal exercise
preferences, and past and present activity patterns. Some
key findings: nearly half of those interviewed said they
have been physically active for a year or longer. Not surprisingly,
women and men note different reasons for exercising, with
women saying they do so for health and weight reasons, and
men, as a way of socializing with others. Women also report
walking as their preferred type of exercise, while men note
group sports such as basketball, racquetball and soccer.
The report is available at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/fitness_06.pdf.
Low Calorie Diet Affects
Results from part of the NIA-supported Comprehensive Assessment
of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE)
controlled clinical trial indicate that overweight people
who cut their calories by 25% for six months have reduced
fasting insulin levels and core body temperature, two markers
for which lower levels have been associated with increased
longevity in humans. The findings are reported in the April
5, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Research-based physical activity
programs must adapt to communities
With an emphasis on evidence-based programs, research projects
have been funded to find successful methods to encourage
physical activity and other health-related behaviors among
older adults. Once the study has shown results, how well
do programs transfer to communities? Staff at the University
of California, San Francisco, formed partnerships with three
community organizations to implement the Community Healthy
Activities Model Program for Seniors model, which had proven
effective in two prior research studies. Each site offered
six-month programs. Researchers noted that the overarching
challenge was to maintain the fundamentals of the original
research-based program while adapting to each organization's
resources. The study was reported in CDC’s April 2006
Preventing Chronic Disease and can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/apr/05_0091.htm.
Older Women Not Advised to
According to research published in the Journal of the
American Geriatrics Society (April 2006), only 28.3%
of 6,385 community-dwelling women ages 50 years and older
reported that during the prior year a clinician had recommended
they start or continue exercising. The percentage of women
who did receive exercise counseling diminished with age:
31.4% of women ages 50 to 64; 29.2% of women ages 65 to
74; 21.6% of women ages 75 to 84; and 14.4% of women ages
85 and older. For information go to http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2006.00679.x.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Local Initiative Funding Partners Program
Local Initiative Funding Partners is a partnership between
RWJF and local grantmakers that seeks to fund promising,
original projects to significantly improve the health of
vulnerable people in their communities. Grantmakers propose
a funding partnership by nominating community initiatives
that offer creative solutions to critical health or healthcare
problems. To be eligible, projects must be new, innovative,
collaborative, and community-based. Significant program
expansions, such as a major expansion into new regions or
to new populations, may also be considered. Local funding
partners must be willing to work with each grantee to obtain
sufficient dollar-for-dollar matching funds throughout the
grant period. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2006.
Community Participation in
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS
is sponsoring support for research on health promotion,
disease prevention, and health disparities that is jointly
conducted by communities and researchers. For more information,
go to http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-026.html
or e-mail: email@example.com.
Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison will award three pilot
grants to investigators using the Wisconsin Longitudinal
Study (WLS) data for scholarly research. Selected recipients
will receive $10,000 to support their research, along with
a residency at CDHA, where they will receive training and
support in use of WLS data. The residency will take place
on Aug. 3-4, 2006. Grant recipients will be invited back
to CDHA to present their work at a later date. Authors will
be encouraged to publish their work in any appropriate outlet.
Application deadline is June 1, 2006. For details see http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/wlsresearch/pilot/.
National Gardening Association
24th Annual Youth Garden Grant Program
The National Gardening Association and Home Depot announced
the 24th annual Youth Garden Grant Program. Schools, youth
groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities,
and intergenerational groups are eligible. Applicants must
plan to garden in 2007 with at least 15 children between
the ages of three and 18. Applicants should demonstrate
a child-centered plan that emphasizes children/youth learning
and working in an outdoor garden. Each winning program will
receive educational materials from NGA and a gift card (amount
to be determined) from Home Depot. Information is available
Deadline for applications: Nov. 1, 2006.
Balance Bar Invites Applications
for Community Grants
Balance Bar Community Grants provide support to organizations
to pursue physical activities that enrich their members'
lives. The applicant and the majority of beneficiaries of
grant monies must be 18 years or older. Grants are available
to non-profit organizations such as runners’ clubs,
trails conferences, parks and recreation departments, athletics
programs and leagues, or other groups that enhance physical
health while enriching the lives of those in the community.
Organizations can apply for a grant amount ranging from
$1,000 to $25,000. Information is available at http://www.balance.com/grants/GrantTemplate.html?type=2&entryid=2&m=modules/rules.
Deadline for applications is Aug. 30, 2006.
Improving the Quality of
Life of Older Americans
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is committed to
supporting programs that improve the quality of life for
older Americans, and has invested more than $115 million
to help build a network of innovative and skilled individuals
and institutions addressing aging and retirement issues.
Deadline for receipt of requests is August 1, 2006. For
more information, go to the RRF Web site at: http://www.rrf.org///forapplicants/programguide.html.
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