Cafe Scientifique

Mobility Matters for Older Adults

Friday, November 18, 2016

Boston Pizza (private room)
1045 Columbia St., New  Westminster
(2 blocks from the New West Skytrain station)
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Reserve your free seat by emailing: cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca

November 18, 2016

Mobility Matters for Older Adults 

Mobility is the ability to get out in one’s community and maintain societal participation and independence in daily activities. Thanks to Canada’s national health funding agency's investment in a Mobility in Aging Initiative from 2005-2015 that addressed mobility of older Canadians, we now know a lot more about mobility today. In this talk, we will explore a variety of topics on mobility that are informed by cutting-edge research from the past decade of discovery. Why is mobility important as we age? How is mobility clinically assessed? What can individuals do to maintain and improve their own mobility? How can communities promote mobility for older adults? Physical activity supports mobility, but it is not always easy to get enough physical activity. What are the obstacles to physical activity that older adults commonly encounter, and what are effective ways for older adults to get more daily activity? By the end, I hope you will consider what matters to your mobility as you grow older.

Dawn Mackey is an epidemiologist investigating novel approaches to enhance mobility among older adults. Her research group tests new ways to promote physical activity, prevent debilitating fall-related injuries, and reduce fatigue during daily activities. Her studies involve community-dwelling older adults, recipients of home health care, and residents of long-term care. Dawn is an Assistant Professor in SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and an Investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She has been recognized as an emerging scholar in aging by a 2011 CIHR Age+ Prize and a 2014 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. 

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