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Active for Life®
Annual Grantee Meeting
Representatives from the 12 Active
for Life® grantee sites, along with the National Program
Office and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff, the evaluation
team from the University of South Carolina, and members
of the RE-AIM project, will meet September 7-9 in San Diego,
CA for the annual Active for Life® grantee meeting.
The participants will focus on issues related to measurements
of success, marketing, and sustainability.
Presentation at ACSM
Preliminary pilot results from Active
for Life® were presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting
of the American College of Sports Medicine in Nashville,
TN in June 2005. Initial results from participants indicate
that increases in physical activity in sedentary adults
50 and older is positively associated with increases in
quality of life.
Briefing on Capital Hill Highlights
Active Aging Week
The Active for Life® National
Program Office (NPO) will be involved in a Capitol Hill
Briefing of the Congressional Fitness Caucus on September
29th, as part of the NPO’s recognition of Active Aging
Week (September 25 – October 1.) Representatives of
the NPO will share information with the nation’s lawmakers
about the importance of physical activity for older adults.
Risa Lavizza-Mourey, M.D., president of The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation® (RWJF) will join AFL director Marcia
Ory, Ph.D. and National Blueprint program director Wojtek
Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D. in the briefing, which is an activity
of the AFL Connect initiative, funded by RWJF.
American Society on Aging
Autumn Series. September 12-15, 2005 in Philadelphia
and September 26-29, 2005 in San Francisco. Regional training
for professionals who work with older adults, their caregivers,
and their families. Intensives focusing on health promotion
include the following:
For more details and an online
registration form, visit http://www.asaging.org/autumn-series.
Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day. September 20, 2005.
The event provides an opportunity for health care professionals
and aging services professionals to work with caregivers
and family members of mature adults, and encourage them
to be sure their loved ones receive regular health care,
including preventive care. For information go to http://omhrc.gov/healthgap/2005drday.htm
Walk 21. September 22-23,
2005. Zurich, Switzerland. Registration and information
are available at http://www.walk21.ch/conference/registration.htm.
World Heart Day. September
25, 2005. The theme of this year’s observation is
Healthy Weight – Healthy Shape. Messages center on
healthy eating and physical activity. For information go
Active Aging Week. September
26 - October 1, 2005. The national health observance aims
to increase awareness of the importance of physical activity
and proper nutrition to healthy aging. For information see
Walking for Health Conference.
October 13-15, 2005. Urbana-Champaign, IL. The American
College of Sports Medicine and the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign are sponsoring Walking for Health: Measurement
and Research Issues and Challenges. For more information
about the program, how to submit an abstract, and conference
attendee information visit http://www.acsm.org/meetings/walkingconference2005.htm.
World Osteoporosis Day. October
20, 2005. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) will
join organizations around the world in celebrating World
Osteoporosis Day to help raise awareness about the important
role exercise plays in building peak bone mass and in maintaining
bone health. In the US, NOF is planning a "Virtual
Fitness Day" to encourage all individuals to take personal
responsibility and individual action to "Stand Tall
Against Osteoporosis" and to build strong bones for
life. Encourage your patients, co-workers, friends and family
members to participate. For more information go to http://
National Prevention Summit: Innovations
in Community Prevention. October 24-25, 2005. Washington,
D.C. The Summit will focus on chronic disease prevention
and health promotion and will feature innovative prevention
programs that are making a difference in communities across
the country. For information go to http://www.seeuthere.com/rsvp/invitation/invitation.html?id=/m2c666-175266868461.
American Public Health Association
Annual Meeting. November 5-9, 2005. New Orleans, LA.
For more information go to
Active Aging: The Tipping Point.
December 1-3, 2005. Orlando, FL. Sponsored by the International
Council on Active Aging, this conference targets professionals
who work in active adult, retirement and assisted living
communities, hospital fitness, rehabilitation, spa, health
club, military, medical, YMCA/YWCA, JCC and resort industries.
For information go to http://www.apha.org/meetings/.
White House Conference on Aging.
December 11-14, 2005. Washington, D.C. The Conference occurs
once a decade to make aging policy recommendations to the
President and Congress, and to assist the public and private
sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic
security of current and future generations of older persons.
For more information go to
International Conference on Aging,
Disability and Independence. February 2-4, 2006. St.
Petersburg, FL. This conference will bring together researchers,
practitioners, business leaders and people involved in aging
policy. For information go to http://icadi.phhp.ufl.edu/generalinfo/.
Active Living Research Conference.
February 16-18, 2006, in Coronado, CA. Abstracts are due
July 21, 2005. For details, go to http://www.activelivingresearch.org.
Joint Conference of the National
Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging.
March 16-19, 2006. Anaheim, CA. The conference will feature
more than 800 sessions covering a diverse range of topics
in aging. For information go to http://www.agingconference.org/agingconference/jc06/index.cfm.
Tactics and Tools
Inaugural Issue of Falls Free™
e-NewsletterThe National Council on the Aging’s
Center for Healthy Aging, in collaboration with the Archstone
Foundation, the Home Safety Council, and the Falls Free
Advisory Committee, is publishing an e-newsletter, Falls
Free™. The publication provides information related
to falls, falls prevention, and falls-related research.
To sign up for this free monthly electronic newsletter,
send an e-mail to email@example.com
with this message in the body of the e-mail: subscribe Falls
Free™ e-newsletter. Please provide your full name,
organizational affiliation, e-mail address, mailing address,
and phone number.
Design Guidelines for Physical
Activity Facility’s Available through ICAAThe
International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) offers design
guidelines to help assure that age-friendly facility design
is also friendly for people with disabilities. ICAA provides
free resources to eliminate barriers to entry as part of
the Age-Friendly Facility Locator program. For more information
go to http://www.icaa.cc/FacilityLocator/Professional/whatmakesafacilityagefriendly.htm.
ABIM Care of the Vulnerable Elderly
Practice Improvement ModuleThe American Board of Internal
Medicine (ABIM) released a Care of the Vulnerable Elderly
Practice Improvement Module in July 2005. It is the sixth
in a series of innovative self-evaluation tools. Practice
Improvement Modules (PIMs) are computer-based tools that
enable physicians to conduct a confidential self-evaluation
of the medical care that they provide. This module will
be particularly relevant for general internists, geriatricians
and others who manage elderly patients. For more information,
go to http://www.abim.org/resources/press/covePIMpresrelease.shtm.
RAND Data FileThe RAND HRS
Data file is a cleaned and easy-to-use version of the Health
and Retirement Study (HRS) with derived variables covering
a broad range of measures and named consistently across
waves. The file was developed by the RAND Center for the
Study of Aging with funding from the National Institute
on Aging (NIA) and Social Security Administration (SSA).
As of 2005, eight HRS waves are available for study. Besides
incorporating the 2002 final releases, this version corrects
known problems and adds some new variables for insurance,
pensions, retirement, poverty and nursing home utilization.
The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics at SSA
provided important research direction in the design of this
See the RAND Contributions page for further information,
tip sheets, and posters. Materials are also available on
the NDEP Web site at http://www.ndep.nih.gov/.
Active Aging Week Campaign
MaterialsThe third annual Active Aging Week campaign
is September 26–October 1, 2005. The national health
observance aims to increase awareness of the importance
of physical activity and proper nutrition to healthy aging.
During Active Aging Week, older adults will have opportunities
to try various forms of physical activity at participating
locations. On October 1, these activities will coincide
with the International Day of Older Persons, a World Health
Organization initiative to promote the importance of healthy
and productive aging. For materials and resources go to
and Arthritis Rates Increase Among Baby Boomers
According to a study published in the September issue of
the American Journal of Public Health, obesity rates grew
substantially for the baby-boomer generation (born 1946-1965)
when compared to the "silent generation" (born
1926-1945). Obesity also increased for the baby-boomers
at a younger age than the silent generation. Arthritis risk
soared along with the obesity rates of the baby-boomers,
and arthritis cases attributed to obesity rose from three
percent to 18 percent between 1971 and 2002. Many factors
can be attributed to this rise, including the way physicians
diagnose arthritis over time, but researchers say the rise
in obesity cannot be ignored. For more information go to
Ideas to Keep Minds Sharp
The September & October issue of AARP Magazine featured
an article on cerebral fitness, with nine ideas that senior
center directors and others who work with older adults might
find useful to incorporate into existing programs or facilities.
Doing familiar things in unfamiliar ways can stimulate nerve
cells. For more details, see http://www.aarpmagazine.org/games
and the September/October 2005 issue of AARP Magazine.
According to a study in the American Journal of Health Promotion
(July/Aug 2005, 19(6): 422–429), a recent study evaluated
the impact of two interventions aimed at promoting stair
use. The first intervention involved a "health"
sign that linked stair use to health and fitness. It was
placed at the junction between the staircase and the elevator.
The second intervention involved an additional e-mail sent
a week later, pointing out the health benefits of regular
stair use. Stair use increased from 69 percent at baseline
to 77 percent in the week after the first intervention.
After the second intervention stair use increased to 85
percent. However, one month after the sign was removed,
stair use decreased to 67 percent. These results suggest
that simple and inexpensive interventions such as a health
sign in combination with an e-mail message can encourage
people to use the stairs. However, it appears that sustained
effort is needed to consolidate these effects.
AmeriCorps programs provide
grants to initiate, improve, or expand the ability of organizations
and communities to provide services to address local unmet
needs in education, the environment, independent senior
living, public safety (including disaster preparedness and
response), or other human needs. Members engage in a range
of activities such as recruiting and supporting community
volunteers, providing translation services in community
clinics, conducting safety patrols for local police departments,
participating in environmental projects, conducting outreach
and referral services for the homeless, tutoring and mentoring
young people, helping homebound seniors and other adults
maintain independence in their own homes, and responding
to natural disasters. An estimated $20,000,000 is available.
For more information go to http://www.americorps.gov/for_organizations/funding/index.html.
RYKÄ Women's Fitness Grant. RYKÄ, together
with the Women's Sports Foundation, is pleased to provide
$50,000 in RYKÄ Women's Fitness Grants to organizations
and programs that enhance women's lives through health and
fitness. For more information, please visit http://www.ncpad.org/newsletter/newsletter.php?letter=41§ion=578#30.
The deadline to apply for the grant is September 12, 2005.