Healthy Aging in Place poster provides rural framework

December 20, 2013

SPHERU received a people’s choice award for its poster presentation at a conference on rural health in November.

Members of the Healthy Aging in Place team Bonnie Jeffery, Nuelle Novik, Juanita Bacsu, and Tara Todd, as well as SPHERU community partner Dr. Marc Viger attended the 3rd Annual IDC Northern Research Days and 12th Conference of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS) in Prince George, B.C.

Bonnie Jeffery receives the team's prize from Shelley Kirychuk.
Bonnie Jeffery receives the team's prize from Shelley Kirychuk.

As well as the poster, the team also gave presentations on aging in Cuba and rural seniors' perceptions of healthy aging in place.

SPHERU’s poster focused on developing a rural healthy aging framework. The framework shows the inter-relationship between domains such as supportive environments, social and community interaction, independence, cognitive health, mental health and mobility in supporting healthy aging in place for seniors living in rural communities. The framework was developed using findings from a literature review, individual interviews with rural seniors, and focus groups with seniors, health professionals and policy makers.

The conference brought together 178 healthcare managers, clinical service providers, physicians, community and aboriginal health agency workers, researchers, evaluators and students. The aim was to share and discuss current findings on health issues affecting northern and rural communities, as well as explore ways to enhance the communication between front-line workers, community members, researchers and policy makers.


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