In affiliation with the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, six op-ed articles in The Conversation about various topics related to healthy aging are being published over the next few months to shed light on public health and aging issues. The articles are written by co-Center Directors, Drs. Marcia Ory, and Matthew Lee Smith, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, along with others affiliated with the Center.
The first two are being published to mark important events calling attention to healthy aging as the new normal. “Before the fall: How to avoid one of old age’s most dangerous events,” was published to coincide with national falls prevention awareness day and “As life expectancies rise, so are expectations for health aging,” to coincide with active aging week. Both articles challenge aging stereotypes about falls as inevitable or population aging as a gloom and doom phenomenon.
The additional articles cover such topics such as innovations in caregiving, health and technology, healthy work life for older workers, and intimate relationships across the life-course.
In addition, the Center worked with Frontiers in Public Health to publish an eBook, “Evidence-Based Practices to reduce Falls and Fall-related Injuries Among Older Adults.” This compilation of best practices advances our understanding about falls and describe interventions at the clinical, community, and/or policy level to prevent falls and related risk factors.
“Because falls occur in clinical and community settings, additional efforts are needed to identify the factors that cause falls among older adults, effective strategies to reduce fall-related risk, and the role of various professionals in interventions to prevent falls,” Dr. Smith said.
“Overall, we are pleased to have this national forum to help reframe perceptions about aging and show the importance of understanding the many determinants of healthy aging, and the role each of us can play in promoting health and wellbeing across the life–course,” Dr. Ory said.