By Sarah Lusina, Director of Strategic Partnerships, AART; Executive Director, Active Aging Society Special feature: The Active Aging Society works closely with the UBC Active Aging Research Team (AART) to implement and adapt Choose to Move with community-based seniors’ service (CBSS) organizations across British Columbia. In this blog we start to unpack the role of …
By Callista A. Ottoni Think back to March 2020. Where were you and who were you with when you got the news to shelter -in -place to slow the spread of COVID-19? What has helped or hindered your well-being since then? When the pandemic began, we knew little about its impact on the well-being of …
What’s the buzz? A key role for the central support unit in community-engaged health-promoting programs
By Joanie Sims-Gould, Thea Franke & Heather McKay To implement comprehensive, evidence-based programs at scale truly ‘takes a village.’ So often, evidence-based interventions are not effectively implemented or sustained, as community organizations receive very little support or ongoing training during the implementation process. The central support team is highlighted in the centre of this model …
By Victoria Mah Lab coats, cubicles, flasks. The image of a scientist pouring contents from one flask to the other was my perception of all research. Working as a Research Assistant with the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia quickly dismantled this perception. As an undergraduate student, I was curious …
As life expectancy gradually increases, a question to ask is, “whether the added time comprises years of healthy life and promotes a high health-related quality of life into old age”.
Loneliness: the silent killer. It is not something many of us like to discuss openly. On a societal level, we have not addressed it, even as we begin to recognize loneliness as a growing concern within our communities.
As we are well aware, the Canadian Government has requested everyone limit social contact, or as we prefer, physical proximity, to stop the spread of COVID-19. How then, can we stay active, and not feel too isolated?
The greenway passes through six diverse neighbourhoods, seven commercial districts and has 14 schools located within 1-km, thus connecting a large number of Vancouver youth to their schools and surrounding communities.
We see thousands of health research articles published every month. However, there is a gap between research-to-practice. It takes 17 years to turn only 14% of research into day-to-day clinical practice.
At the time of arrival, immigrants have better health than their Canadian-born peers. However, the health of immigrants diminishes over time until it matches Canadian-born.
Did you know it takes on average 17 years for research to become general practice in the healthcare system? (Green, 2008). When I first heard this I wasn’t too surprised.
The reality: In Canada, an increasing frail population of older adults reside in long-term care facilities (Postl et al., 2011), and more than 50% of them will fall each year (Rubenstein et al., 1994). Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in older adults (Stevens et al., 2006).
A lot of the research examines how much physical movement an older adult achieved, or how much physical space they covered, rather than seeking to understand mobility as an emotional experience.