8th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

"Active Aging: Bringing the Science of Exercise to the Community"
September 15-17, 2010

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We invite you to join us for a comprehensive overview of the important developments in providing healthcare for the older population. The 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference "Active Aging: Bringing the Science of Exercise to the Community" will be held from September 15-17, 2010 at the Park City Marriott in Park City, Utah.  Take advantage of this comprehensive educational program being held in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. (Link to Previous Conferences)

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Program Overview

The Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference is jointly produced by the Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, and the VA Salt Lake Geriatrics, Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).  This nationally attended conference provides updates in all areas of geriatric healthcare, each year with a different in-depth focus on a particular issue.  This year's conference will focus on the science, benefits, and practical application of exercise for the geriatric population.

Why Focus on Active Aging?

Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of everyone. However,  older adults may be at special risk for inactivity. Being physically active can help older adults continue to do the things they enjoy and stay independent as they age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits and minimize the effects of chronic disease. That’s why health experts say that older adults should be active everyday to maintain their health.

In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.

The main objectives are to translate active aging and exercise science into the clinical care of older adults and the development of community-based programs.

Topics include: age-related changes in musculoskeletal health, the relationship between exercise and chronic disease, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, exercise in a rehabilitation environment, motivational issues in exercise and the impact of exercise on cognitive and neurological dysfunctions.  The focus of topics will range from physiology to clinical medicine and program development.

Content is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, mental health professionals, physical therapists, exercise and recreation physiologists, health promotion professionals, and other medical personnel working with older adults.

Program Objectives

  • Review the current state of the science on the role of exercise and nutrition in the reduction of disease and mortality.
  • Describe medical, psychological, social, and rehabilitative interventions to prevent frailty and improve independence and quality of life of older people.
  • Increase knowledge of resistive and aerobic training principles to both orthopedically and neurologically impaired patients.
  • Analyze the impact of exercise on fall prevention and patient safety in older adults.
  • Identify challenges in promoting exercise/activity in older adults and discuss practices and programs to enhance the delivery of care.
  • Illustrate benefits of exercise for balance and coordination problems.
  • Discuss diagnosis-specific protocols when designing geriatric exercise interventions.
  • Investigate the various methods of programmatic (community) implementation of exercise programs for the elderly.

Conference Presenters:

  • Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Center on Aging, University of Utah
  • VA Salt Lake City Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC - VISN 19)
  • VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
  • Utah Geriatrics Society

Call For Posters

We are seeking posters that represent projects or research being conducted related to exercise and older adults. Poster abstracts are due August 2nd and should include title, author, facility, background, detailed description of project/research/innovation in practice, evaluation, potential for application to other settings, and project implications on geriatric evidence-based care; limit 300 words. Poster participants will be notified by August 9th of acceptance.

Accreditation Information

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For more information, please contact Jack Christensen, at 801-584-2522 Ext. 2435 or jack.christensen@va.gov.  Or send a fax to 801-584-5640.