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Aging

Co-Chair: Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, PhD
Co-Chair: Neha Gothe, PhD

Description/Mission Statement

The Aging SIG is focused on addressing the special issues of behavior change among older adults, with a particular focus on the influence of cultural, environment and policy factors. There is a tendency to focus behavior change issues and challenges on the children and adults who are assumed to be those who will reap the greatest long-term benefit from changes. Older adults, particularly those with chronic health problems, can likewise gain a significant benefit from behavior change particularly with regard to quality of life issues. The workgroup focused on aging has identified the need and interest in exploring the ways in which older adults, particularly older adults with chronic illnesses, can alter behavior to promote health and quality of life. The research considering behavior change among older adults has been sparse and it is not clear what types of interventions have the greatest impact at different periods of time (i.e. the young-old versus the old-old) and when considered with the many challenges associated with aging. Moreover, the cultural influence of health promotion and what is expected of older individuals at different life points is also not well addressed. The goals of this workgroup are to develop a symposium that focuses on: Lessons Learned in Facilitating Behavior Change During Transitions Points in Older Adults with Chronic Illness. Papers will include the work of group members in cardiac rehabilitation, dialysis, post hip fracture and transitioning into retirement.