Make Every Month “Heart
The American Heart Association offers several fitness
programs that can help adults increase their activity
levels. Information on these and other programs is available
Move is a free 12-week physical activity program
for women. It shows women how to get active, eat healthfully
and love their heart in just 12 weeks.
is the American Heart Association movement calling on
all Americans and their employers to live longer, more
heart-healthy lives through walking and other healthy
The Reference Guide of
Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults
This resource for planning interventions provides information
on 17 physical activity programs that could be used with
older adults having healthy to frail functional status.
All of the programs contain physical activity components
that might achieve important benefits for all older adults
with diabetes. It is available from the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov:80/diabetes/pubs/refguide_physactivity.htm.
Health, United States, 2007
Health, United States, 2007 is a compilation of
more than 150 health tables prepared by CDC’s National
Center for Health Statistics. The report also contains a
special section focusing on access to care, which shows
that nearly 20 percent of adults reported that they needed
and did not receive one or more of these services in the
past year – medical care, prescription medicines,
mental health care, dental care, or eyeglasses – because
they could not afford them. The publication is available
Is My Community Elder Friendly?
The Elderberry Institute offers a two-page questionnaire,
Is My Community Elder Friendly? that will score
a community based on a series of graded questions. Questions
are grouped under the following topics: housing, transportation,
accessibility, services, work, shopping, social/cultural,
and values. The questionnaire is available at http://www.elderberry.org.
Footloose and Fancy Free: A Field Survey of Walkable
Urban Places in the Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas,
available from The Brookings Institution, is a field survey
that attempts to identify the number and location of ''regional-serving''
walkable urban places in the 30 largest metropolitan areas
in the U.S., where 138 million, or 46 percent, of the U.S.
population lives. Read more or download the complete document
Guide Helps Older Adults
Find Health Information Online
Health issues are a vital concern for older adults, and
surveys show that most of those who go online search for
health and medical information. However, since only 34 percent
of people age 65 and older are online, the majority of older
adults are missing out on valuable health information. To
broaden the numbers of older adults able to search for and
find reliable health information online, the National Institute
on Aging (NIA) has developed a free training curriculum
for those who teach and work with older adults. This Toolkit
for Trainers is now available at http://www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov,
a Web site developed by the National Institute on Aging
and the National Library of Medicine.
Getting Outside in Winter
If your clients or patients complain about limited physical
activity options during the cold months, here’s an
innovative tool to help. The National Wildlife Federation
and NatureFind™ offer a quick way to find green places
in your community. You plug in your zip code and NatureFind
will display a list of close-by wild places including a
Web link to each locale, the distance from your house, and
the recreational opportunities available at each location.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour™
Web site provides suggestions for things to do including
animal tracking, catching snowflakes, filling bird feeders
and watching for feathered friends to visit, or organizing
a winter scavenger hunt. Many of these activities are as
close as your own back door. http://www.GreenHour.org
Smart Growth and Active Aging
The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North
Dakota State University released a report, Neighborhood
Design and Aging: An Empirical Analysis in Northern California,
that explores the residential and travel choices for older
adults. The report is available at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=8344.
Women and Environmental Health
The US EPA Aging Initiative has released a fact sheet on
Women and Environmental Health. Heart disease is the number
one killer of women over 65 years of age. For those with
cardiovascular disease, air pollution can cause sudden variations
or an increase in heart rate. Air pollution can also worsen
coronary atherosclerosis or chronic heart conditions which
can result in a heart attack, especially among post menopausal
women. The fact sheet offers suggestions on how to reduce
environmental hazards. It can be ordered online at http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/order.htm
or downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/weh_english_2007_10.pdf.