The APHL was well represented at the 2018 CAG conference, held October 18-20 in Vancouver.
Dr. Mackey organized and chaired a symposium entitled, “Ready, Set, Go: Exercise for Older Adults to Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions,” which brought together researchers from multiple disciplines to explore the design, feasibility, impacts, and implementation of novel exercise-based interventions for older adults.
The symposium included excellent presentations on 5 studies across community to long-term care settings, involving older adults engaged in exercise to prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions or manage existing chronic conditions, including cognitive decline, prostate cancer, falls, mobility limitation, and kidney failure.
Overall, the symposium provided a forum for researchers, decision makers, and practitioners to discuss cutting-edge evidence about exercise for older adults to ultimately inform exercise prescription and implementation in a variety of settings and populations.
As part of the symposium, APHL trainee Ashley Kwon presented on the design, methods, and preliminary results of her exercise study for hemodialysis patients, and APHL alumna Kristina Collins presented results from the HealthySteps study. They were joined by Caitlin McCarthur (McMaster) and UBC trainees Sarah Weller and Lisanne ten Brinke.
In poster sessions, APHL trainee Stephanie presented about the reliability and validity of step counts from consumer-grade activity monitors when worn by older adults from the STRIDES Study, and the Men on the Move Study was featured in a presentation by UBC trainee Victoria Michalowski.