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Mobility Matters for BC's older adults
New funding from BC Government for CHHM strengthens supports for older adults
The secrets of highly active older adults: An interview with the author Thea Franke by Active Streets // Active People
Walk in My Shoes: Do cities work for older adults?
Researchers and City Planners learn through the eyes - and shoes - of adults over 65
Same Language Services Keep Older Adults Active
Social and physical environments offering culturally appropriate activities and services essential for foreign-born visible minorities.
CHHM helps make communities more livable for older adults
Better sidewalks, benches, washrooms key for people with mobility challenges
'Prevalence of and factors associated with head impact during falls in older adults in long-term care'
Recent publication - Canadian Medical Association Journal
If you fracture once, will you fracture again? The risk of a second hip fracture in older adults
Active Aging BC celebrates International Day of Older Persons
Two hundred older adults got moving and dancing in their chairs last Friday, September 29, at a special event celebrating the International Day of Older Persons at Surrey City Hall Council Chambers. The lunchtime presentation, opened by Surrey Mayor, Linda Hepner, was an educating and entertaining celebration featuring Dr. Art Hister and musical act ‘The Lady Larks, hosted by Active Aging BC (ABC), an initiative of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) and the City of Surrey.
Are older women more hip to be fit?
Watching television is one of the most popular, yet also one of the most sedentary, daytime companions of our time. Physical activity, in contrast to sedentary behaviour, is a comprehensive term that encompasses household tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure time physical activity, including exercise and sports.
Weight training staves off dementia in older women
http://www.hiphealth.ca/blog/Weight training staves off dementia in older women
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Weight training aids memory in older women
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Armenian Medical Network - April 24, 2012
“If we build it, will they walk?” Making cities good places to grow older
Pamela Fayerman, Sun Health Issues Reporter, Vancouver Sun
Dawn Mackey receives Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award to enhance older adult mobility
CHHM's Dr. Dawn Mackey is among a small group of health researchers to receive the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. Her research will enhance the mobility of older adults by targeting injury prevention, movement energetics, and physical activity
Pedestrian Crossing Ahead
Health-care practitioners recommend walking for its many benefits. Some benefits, such as muscle strength, and endurance, are obvious. But walking can also contribute to psychosocial wellbeing through social interaction and community engagement. These factors are especially important for older adults. Yet there may be some hidden challenges to walking within a community such as crossing the street. Depending on the neighbourhood “built environment," crosswalks can be hectic, filled with distractions. Meeting the time demands of the crosswalk can be difficult for older pedestrians3, especially those with mobility challenges.
Round, round, get around ...
I have more choices, so I am choosing to move.
Since my retirement, I have been involved in my community at the West End Senior’s Network and volunteered at various events including the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Despite my involvement, my activity level has decreased over the years and I’ve been looking for ways to fill my days. I’ve also been wanting to get more physically active but it’s been difficult to motivate myself especially when the days are dark, cold and rainy.
Seasons of Sidewalks
I have become acutely aware of the micro-features of the built environment that impact the walkability of a neighbourhood. In particular, this summer it seemed like lawn sprinklers created an obstacle course as I walked to work. Sprinklers went off at exactly the same time that I was trying to get to my destination. Maybe water dodging makes for good speed and agility training?
In the News: Does pumping iron twice a week keep the mind sharp and prevent falls?
CHHM research is grabbing the attention of national and international media. Discover what news outlets, such as the New York Times, CBC's Quirks & Quarks, The Globe and Mail, CBC's The National and Metro News are reporting on the exciting research.
Kudos to Thea Franke, CIHR Doctoral Award Recipient
Life after Fracture: So the Journey Begins
4 knowledge mobilization lessons from the “Re-Imagine Aging: Adding Life to Years Roundtable”
Part I of the CHHM blog mini-series: Reflections from the ‘Re-Imagine Aging: Adding Life to Years Roundtable’ at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Falls are not a normal part of aging: 4 key ways you can prevent falls
Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic. Indeed, falls from standing height are the most common cause of injury-related hospitalizations across the lifespan and the number one cause of injury-related deaths in older adults. Falls are especially devastating among older adults causing over 90% of hip fractures and wrist fractures, and 60% of head injuries.
Brain connectivity differs dramatically between fallers, non-fallers
Should a history of falls be part of screening for dementia risk? A recent research study suggests that older adults who are experiencing multiple falls should report them to health care professionals, as multiple falls may indicate subtle brain changes associated with cognitive decline.
Back to the Future: Getting a FReSH Start after hip fracture
Slips, trips and broken hips are all too common in people over age 65. For those older adults who experience a hip fracture, recovering from the trauma of the fall, the hip fracture surgery and the hospital stay may pose some challenges.
Small Choice. Big impact.
For researchers working in and with the community, there is nothing better than seeing the impact of our work in the lives of individuals participating in one of our programs. So I was thrilled to watch an online video interview in Prince Rupert’s The Northern View News of a participant in a physical activity program for older adults now being piloted and evaluated across BC.
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