Fulbright work will look at food, falls policy for seniors

March 18, 2015

The Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging's Dr. Kathryn Hyer with Dr. Shanthi Johnson
The Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging's Dr. Kathryn Hyer with Dr. Shanthi Johnson

Dr. Shanthi Johnson’s research looks into preventing falls among seniors and she’ll expand this to compare policy on falls and injury prevention as a visiting Fulbright scholar.

She was announced as one of 11 Fulbright Canada scholars for the 2014-15 year. For her Fulbright project, she will look at nutrition and food-related policies in nursing homes as well as falls and injury prevention policies within the active aging framework in Florida and Saskatchewan in a partnership with SPHERU and the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida.
“Our population is growing older around the world, and it is incredibly important to examine aging issues from cross-cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives,” Johnson said in a University of Regina news release. “This award is a recognition of the world-class research in this important field taking place at our university.”

In addition to SPHERU, she is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Her epidemiological research considers the surveillance and monitoring of falls and fall-related injuries among seniors, as well as on interventions examining the underlying mechanisms associated with falls among seniors in community and long-term care settings.

Fulbright Canada’s mandate is to promote mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals so they can conduct research, lecture or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. The foundation is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that identifies outstanding scholars in both countries and engages them in residential academic exchange.


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