New Healthy Aging in Place project on radio

May 15, 2014

SPHERU has just embarked on a new phase of intervention research into healthy aging in place in rural communities.

Recently, Bonnie Jeffery, the project lead principal investigator, spoke to CKOM’s John Gormley on his radio show about the three-year rural healthy aging in place project. The whole interview is available as a podcast on the station’s website.

Healthy Aging in Place: Improving rural seniors’ health through policy and community level interventions will involve three specific projects in the communities of Watrous, Wolseley, Young and now Rosetown.

The interview touched on issues such as access to health service, supportive housing, ease of getting around in the community and access to information, as well as the three individual studies: the creation of a community-based exercise program, an audit of structures in the communities’ built environment (e.g., sidewalks, doors to post office) and an examination of how to increase access to health information for seniors in rural areas.

Jeffery stressed the need to look at measures that are feasible and that could be easily scalable for introduction in other small communities, while Gormley concluded the segment by referring to the studies as steps towards helping keep seniors in smaller rural communities.

Jeffery also gave short radio interviews to CJWW and CKRM about the project.


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