Novik, Bacsu and Johnson present in Chicago
April 26, 2013SPHERU’s work on the Healthy Aging in Place project was recently featured at an aging conference in Chicago.
The American Society on Aging’s Aging in America Conference took place March 12 to 16. It represents the largest multi-disciplinary conference on aging and attracts more than 3,000 professionals.The annual conference of the American Society on Aging brings together research and best practices in the field of aging, and this year attracted luminaries such as John Beard, the World Health Organization’s Director of Ageing and Life Course.
Representing SPHERU, Nuelle Novik, Juanita Bacsu and Shanthi Johnson gave a presentation, on the Healthy Aging in Place project, as well as the rationale, methods and findings. Among the findings:
- By 2036, seniors will reach approximately 25 per cent of the total Canadian population.
- Rural seniors report poorer physical health, more sedentary lifestyles, higher occurrences of functional disability, more chronic illnesses, less use of preventative health services and greater mental health challenges.
- They often face disadvantages such as lower incomes, education, housing, public transportation and health services. As one of the participants put it, “We’re lucky as long as we can drive….We’re a little too remote, we’re away from hospitals. And for emergencies, a half hour is a long time when somebody is dying.”
- Falls and loss of mobility can affect seniors’ isolation, especially as 85 per cent of seniors’ injuries requiring hospital care come from falls.
For the pilot project in 2009-2010, the SPHERU team conducted 42 interviews with seniors in the communities of Preeceville and Watrous, interviews with 40 seniors in Watrous and Wollesley for the current study.
Over five days, the ASA Aging in America Conference featured more than 500 workshops, four general sessions, 140 poster sessions, as well as networking events and exhibits.