HAIP exercise program supports mobility, interaction

December 10, 2014

The healthy aging in place team has had a busy fall, and continues to work with partner communities as well as promote the research program to support rural seniors’ health.

This fall, the team worked to recruit participants for the Healthy Aging in Place Exercise Intervention Program by hosting several community presentations led by Dr. Bonnie Jeffery and Dr. Shanthi Johnson. The exercise program works with rural older adults to support mobility and social interaction.

The Healthy Aging in Place team at SHARP
The Healthy Aging in Place team at SHARP

At present, there are more than 30 participants in the rural communities of Watrous and Young, with another 13 taking part in Wolseley. In October, Johnson provided the team with training to conduct mobility and fall assessments with older adults. The first wave of data collection in all three communities will be completed by mid-December.

Recently in November, Juanita Bacsu and research team members Nuelle Novik and Marc Viger presented at the Community-Based Research Showcase at the University of Regina.

The research team set up a display table and a poster presentation, “Lessons from a Longitudinal Rural Healthy Aging Study.” The poster outlined the work of the healthy aging team’s study from 2011-2014 in the Saskatchewan communities of Watrous, Young and Wolseley, including lessons learned and implications for stakeholders, including policy-makers, health practitioners and community leaders.

The showcase featured presentations on a range of topics, including the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS, A Living Wage for Regina and a Seniors Neglect and Abuse Response Line.

In October, the healthy aging team took part in the 7th International Symposium: Safety and Health and Agricultural and Rural Populations: Global Perspectives (SHARP 2014) in Saskatoon, giving one oral and two poster presentations. These discussed rural older adults’ perceptions of cognitive health, retention strategies for longitudinal rural healthy aging studies and the support of rural needs through community-based research.

The symposium attracted researchers, community leaders, policy-makers and health practitioners and looked at the impact of global issues and challenges facing the health and safety of rural peoples in the 21st century and how to bridge gaps between basic research, applied research, policy and the community.


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