HAIP team presents on brain health and rural aging, access to info

April 13, 2015

The Healthy Aging in Place team presented at the Aging in America Conference once again this year.

Dr. Nuelle Novik, Dr. Bonnie Jeffery and Dr. Shanthi Johnson presenting at Aging in America.
Dr. Nuelle Novik, Dr. Bonnie Jeffery and Dr. Shanthi Johnson presenting at Aging in America.

The event, one of the largest multi-disciplinary conferences on aging in North America, was held in Chicago from March 23 to 27. It attracted more than 3,000 people, including policy makers, practitioners and researchers. Over five days, it offered more than 500 workshops, forums, symposia and sessions on a range of topics pertaining to aging. Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, Dr. Shanthi Johnson and Dr. Nuelle Novik gave two presentations based on SPHERU’s rural healthy aging work.

On March 24, their workshop focused on brain health and rural aging. It looked at healthy older adults’ perceptions, myths and meanings of brain health, key practices and interventions that rural seniors highlight as important to supporting brain health, and innovative awareness and communication strategies for supporting brain health in rural communities.

At their March 26 presentation, they discussed rural healthy aging in terms of access to information by looking at the nature and depth of information seniors require, the supports and barriers in accessing it, and recommendations for improvement. Our findings have underscored the importance of person-to-person communication and ongoing relationships, as well as consistent and accurate information.

Last year, the team went to the Aging in America Conference in San Diego and gave presentations on developing a rural healthy aging assessment framework, rural seniors’ perspectives on age-friendly communities and healthy aging in place, and urban seniors’ food security.

Aging in America covers issues affecting the senior population, such as aging in community, business and aging, health and wellness, healthcare and aging, and multicultural aging. It is presented by the American Society on Aging. (For more background on the conference, see the article from Forbes.com.)


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