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UW Nursing Professors, Students to Present at Aging Conference

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Date:    April 25, 2011
Contact:   nscomm@uw.edu

UW Nursing Professors, Students to Present at Aging Conference

SEATTLE – Students and professors from the University of Washington School of Nursing will reveal new research and programs to improve the mobility of aging adults at the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging this week. More than 3,000 individuals will gather in San Francisco to discuss aging policy, advocacy and the potential replication of these programs.

The conference is the largest gathering of business leaders and professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education.

Dr. Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Washington professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and lead researcher for Senior Services of Seattle, will discuss the requirements to create aging-friendly communities. She recently completed an online resource, agingfriendly.org, to build communities that support healthy aging.

The program aims to improve environmental conditions, such as neighborhood designs and safety measures. Research has linked the environment to an aging adult’s physical activity, access to nutritious food, mobility and social engagement.

"The program is beyond nurses," Belza said. "This resource is for policy–makers, people in parks and recreation and architecture. Aging adults are more likely to stay functional if they are in an environment that they can move in."

Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate student Sandra Lester, DC, MN, will discuss her Capstone Project in the session, "Developing a Web-Based Pilot Training Course for New EnhanceFitness Instructors."

"The course is novel because our training has always been in person," Belza said. "Now we're going to get a wider reach of instructors. It will be less costly. People won't have to fly or travel to continually get trained. Also with web-based training, instructors can watch it at their own speed."

University of Washington doctoral student Maayan Agmon will present her dissertation at the "Measuring Dual-Task Performance in Clinical and Community Settings" session. Agmon, a physical therapist, analyzed the behaviors of aging adults in an exercise program.

Belza said research about preventing falls in older adults has focused on flexibility and aerobics. Agmon determined that those who are better at multi-tasking are more likely to stay on their feet.

"It's cutting-edge research," Belza said. "Not everyone is testing for dual-task performance."



Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Building Capacity for Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Parc 55 Wyndham hotel
Room: Mission I-III (Level 4)
Dr. Basia Belza presenting

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
National Dissemination and Enrollment in Evidence-Based Programs for Seniors
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel
Room: Golden Gate 7 (Lobby Level)
Dr. Basia Belza presenting

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Fidelity in Fitness Programming
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel
Room: Union Square 5-6 (Tower 3, 4th Floor)
Dr. Basia Belza presenting

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Measuring Dual-Task Performance in Clinical and Community Settings
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel
Room: Mason (Tower 3, 6th Floor)
Maayan Agmon presenting with UW faculty including Belza, Nguyen, Kelly, and Logsdon

Friday, April 29, 2011
Developing a Web-Based Pilot Training Course for New EnhanceFitness Instructors
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Parc 55 Wyndham hotel
Room: Fillmore (Level 4)
Sandra Lester presenting with and Belza, Christianson

 

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