Friday, October 17, 2014

The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is Wednesday October 22 from 11 am to Noon. 
Please join us for a review of a meta-analysis to determine how fall prevention exercise interventions for older adults might be effective in preventing different types of fall related injuries. The results of this article can help us all to encourage participation by older adults and justify funding by our decision-makers. A copy of the article and a review of the article are available on the Journal Club tab. 

Looking for citizen groups to provide feedback on the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention campaign

A public awareness campaign is in development as part of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Assistance is needed with citizen feedback/testing on campaign creative concepts and messaging. We are interested in working with a variety of citizen groups around the state, from urban and rural communities. Groups representing different age groups are also desirable,particularly for older adults. We would also like to contact Spanish-dominant citizens. If your organization has a citizen group in place that would be interested in participating please contact Sylvia Solis at Webb Strategic Communications, ssolis@webbstrategic.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Elderly who have had serious falls may show symptoms of post-traumatic stress

From:  Medical Xpress

Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event. A study published in the journalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry found symptoms associated with PTSD in 27 out of 100 people over 65 who had been admitted to a hospital after a fall.


"Anyone who goes through an accident in which they feel their life may be in danger or they could get physically harmed can develop post-traumatic stress symptoms," noted lead author Nimali Jayasinghe, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Patients were recruited for the study while they were still in the hospital and assessed using the Post-Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale, which measures 17 symptoms of PTSD. The researchers collected information about their background, marital status, previous mental health issues and current health conditions, and about their fall, including where they fell, how long it took to get help, and the location and severity of injuries. The majority of patients had fallen in their home and had received help within an hour. The most common injury was a fracture.

Monday, September 8, 2014

RFP for Foothills RETAC C-DOT Project Coordinator

The Foothills RETAC is seeking applications to fill the position of Project Coordinator for this year’s C-DOT Teen Driving Program. The program addresses distracted driving and seat belt use in teens. This is a “Contract” position only. It requires about a half of a full time position and is dependent upon activities related to the grant. We’re certainly hoping for a person with a real “heart” for this issue and someone that is very motivated and self-driven.

Resumes are due into the RETAC office by September 19th with a letter of interest. For more information see the job description.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda L Underbrink at 720-485-4380.
The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is Tuesday September 16 from 11 am to Noon. Please note that this is a change from the regular 4th Wednesday schedule
Please join us for a case study discussion of a physical therapist using the Otago fall prevention program with a home-bound older adult. The Otago programme (developed in New Zealand) is evidence-based and has led to a reduction in falls up to 35 percent. Barbara Newsome, a physical therapist, will lead us through the case study. A copy of the case study and a review of the article are available on the Journal Club tab. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How Our Eyes Age: Impact on Everyday Life

Friday, September 5, 2014

Start:11:00 AM Pacific
End:12:00 PM Pacific

This web seminar is part of the “Conversations with GIA” Series, sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging (GIA)

Thanks to our co-sponsors the John A. Hartford Foundation and The SCAN Foundation.

Register now

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this web seminar.
Chris Girkin, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), provides an overview of basic changes to our eyes as we age. Cynthia Owsley, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology, discusses the impact of aging-related vision changes on everyday activities such as reading, shopping, cooking, walking safely, and driving. Both speakers offer suggestions for healthy behaviors that can help protect eyesight. Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, offers a perspective of how one local foundation is working to address vision-related issues of older adults in community.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brains of older adults benefit from regular exercise, studies show

Two studies show regular exercise can help boost brain function in older adults.
University of Montreal researchers have found older adults who do aerobic fitness also perform better on cognitive tests. The more active they are, the better they do.
They said the exercise benefits the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart.
"We found that older adults whose aortas were in a better condition and who had greater aerobic fitness performed better on a cognitive test," researcher Claudine Gauthier said in a release.
The study was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
This study follows one last week from the University of Illinois that found older adults who do hatha yoga three times a week experience a boost in working memory. The participants were able to perform memory tasks "quickly and accurately, without getting distracted," the researchers said.
The finders were published in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.