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Active living with low vision by Pris Rogers, PhD and  Julia Brock, MA-1461

Active living with low vision by Pris Rogers, PhD and Julia Brock, MA

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is a well-known phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence. Yet we often fail to consider the implications of the phrase when people need additional assistance or residential modifications to continue an enjoyable and satisfying lifestyle. Staying active and involved is important to everyone— including older adults with low vision who, like everyone else, need to maintain physical and mental health.

People who lose vision later in life often believe that their lives are essentially over and that they will never again have control. Vision loss affects every aspect of an older adult’s life and puts caregivers and family members at a loss as to how to help. Our purpose is to give you suggestions for making changes and adjustments that should help clients regain confidence and enhance their everyday living, leisure time and safety.

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Sedentary behavior: the new physical activity frontier?  by Paul Gardiner, PhD-1443

Sedentary behavior: the new physical activity frontier? by Paul Gardiner, PhD

It’s a given that participation in moderate-to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) can minimize some of the physiologic changes associated with aging, and alter the progression and development of chronic disease and disabling conditions. Current guidelines for older adults recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. But is that enough for good health?

Recent evidence underlines the importance of also focusing on sedentary behaviors—the high amount of time that people spend sitting during their “non-exercising” waking hours (1, 2).

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Expanding the experience of Active Aging Week-1405

Expanding the experience of Active Aging Week

The philosophy behind active aging is that every person can live fully, regardless of age, and be involved in life. For some older adults, that is a new concept. For others, the concept is attractive, but they are not sure how to go about it. That’s where Active Aging Week® comes in.

Active Aging Week is the annual health promotion observance of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), held each year during the last week of September. What is unique about the week is that individuals and organizations decide how many events to offer and what type of activities will be available.

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Active Aging Week 2010-1212

Active Aging Week 2010

It all began in 2003 with an idea: If people had a chance to try out or learn about wellness activities, maybe they would discover an approach that suited their lifestyles and interests. Active Aging Week was launched.

Today, in 2010, Active Aging Week is a special occasion that many hosts and older adults look forward to. Hosts say they gain new participants and reinspire their regulars. Participants discover that many activities contribute to their enjoyment and participation in life. And, since they often help plan and run the week’s events, they become ambassadors to their friends and neighbors.

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Active Aging Week 2010: kicking off the planning stage-1162

Active Aging Week 2010: kicking off the planning stage

Older adults living life as fully as possible within the dimensions of wellness—that is the concept of aging promoted by Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion event spearheaded by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA).

Because wellness is a multidimensional model—one that encompasses physical, spiritual, vocational, intellectual, social, emotional and environmental wellness—a myriad of activities can enhance health and well-being. The key is to find the right activities for an individual. By offering everything from health fairs to lectures, brain games to concerts, dances to walks, and painting to canoeing, professionals in the ICAA community help older adults discover how to “be active your way”—the theme of Active Aging Week 2010.

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Guidelines for physical activity: pointers for active-aging professionals by Judy Kruger, PhD-1142

Guidelines for physical activity: pointers for active-aging professionals by Judy Kruger, PhD

Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans offer important new information to help people of all ages and conditions improve health through physical activity. This set of recommendations, based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, presents clear guidelines for different population groups. These include older adults, individuals with disabilities, and those with chronic medical conditions, among others.

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