PR-CAPITAL AREA EIGHTY-SOMETHINGS MOUNT NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS CRISIS IN PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR SENIOR HEALTH

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF AGING
706 Madison Avenue Albany NY 12211 518-462-1331 iapaas@aol.comwww.centerforthestudyofaging-albany.org

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2005
CAPITAL AREA EIGHTY-SOMETHINGS MOUNT NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS CRISIS IN PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR SENIOR HEALTH

–Clifton Park fitness trainer aged 80+ to lead daylong workshop for exercise professionals 

Albany, NY–Two Capital District “eighty-somethings” are concerned about the health and fitness of their peers—and have decided to do something about it.

Sara Harris, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Aging in Albany, 84, is mounting a national three-day conference to teach health and fitness professionals how to help older people develop and sustain healthy lifestyles. And Henry (Hank) Linett, Wellness Director at Healthplex Fitness Center in Clifton Park, also in his eighties, will present a day-long workshop to teach fitness trainers how to work with older clients.

The conference, entitled “Enhancing Lifelong Health and Fitness: Exercising Body and Mind After Age 60, ” comes in response to a recent national report stating the health care work force is not adequately trained to work with the current group of Americans over 65–and is “wholly unprepared” for what it terms “the coming senior boom.”

The conference will be held from September 22-24, 2005 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany and at HealthPlex, in Clifton Park.

“It is well known that exercise, nutrition and active living make for better health,” Harris said. “But government researchers have found that too few older Americans exercise—and that health and fitness professionals need better training in order to help seniors sustain healthy lifestyles. Our conference will provide professionals with the latest information about aging, and with state-of-the art skills and methods for using it.”

On Day I, Harris will introduce the conference and numerous talks and demonstrations by national and capital district experts such as: Eating right; do your feet hurt? Keeping mentally sharp; home safety; softball and other sports for seniors and the importance of laughter.

Day II will feature a keynote address by Melissa Johnson, Executive Director, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at 1 pm, preceded by on how people with various heart and neurological disorders with national cardiology expert Jerome Fleg of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at 9:15, and Jonathan Harris, MD, a Florida neurology at 10:45.
On Day III Henry (Hank) Linett, a fitness trainer in his mid-eighties, will lead a full-day workshop designed for fitness professionals who want to develop physical training programs for older people.

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According to Linett, “It is important for professionals to know how to assess each person’s capabilities in order to design individual programs that clients can sustain. It is also important to understand the difference between “chronological” age and functional age”—that is, the physical state of the body—and that through exercise, proper sleep and dietery habits, it is possible to reduce functional age. For example, Linett says that although he, himself, is chronologically over 80, “functionally,” because he exercises regularly and maintains a healthy lifestyle, “I am 57.”

Linett will be available for interviews, photographs or taping on all three days of the conference.

The conference addresses 2004 findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Merck Institute of Aging that the US health care workforce faces a crisis as increasing numbers of Americans reach age 65. Currently, one third of individuals over age 65 do not engage in regular physical exercise– which has a significant impact on their health and well-being as well as on the medical system and on health care costs. What is more, the nation’s professionals lack the training to address the health needs of the current group older Americans–and are “wholly unprepared” for the burgeoning needs expected when the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

Accreditation or continuing education credits are available for doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, nursing home and assisted living staff and administrators, fitness professionals and others who work with older people.

The conference has been endorsed by 17 capital district companies, organizations and agencies, and by several national ones. Area sponsors and contributors include: the Capital District Physicians Health Plan; Eddy Foundation; HealthPlex of Clifton Park; and the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program Cooperating agencies include: Albany Medical College Departments of Geriatric Medicine and Family Practice and the Physician Assistant Program; Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern New York; Foundation of New York State Nurses; Four Winds Hospital, Saratoga, Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties; New York State (NYS) Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; NYS Office of Children and Family Services and Bureau of Adult Services; Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center; Center for Excellence of the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare; Sunnyview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Schenectady, and the Veterans Administration Healthcare Network of Upstate New York at Albany.

National sponsors and cooperating agencies include: the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Society of Geriatric Cardiology.

Confirmed speakers include: Keynoter Melissa Johnson, Executive Director, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Peter Engel, MD, VA Medical Center and Albany Medical College; Jerome Fleg, MD, Cardiologist, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Jonathan Harris, MD, Neurologist, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla; Henry Linett, MA, Wellness Director, HealthPlex, Clifton Park, NY; Rein Tideiksaar, PhD, Physicians Assistant, Freehold, New Jersey; Susan Fraley, RN, Executive Director of the New York State Nursing Foundation; and Paulette Rochelle Levy, MA, adult education, movement and yoga specialist, Los Angeles, among others.

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Cost for the conference, which covers all three days of workshops and lectures, food breaks and Thursday dinner, is $325; (single day registration is $150) with group rates and nonprofit discounts available. For more information or a conference program call 518-462-8105, email iapaas@aol.com, or visitwww.centerforthestudyofaging-Albany.org.

 

The Center for the Study of Aging, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization listed by the National Institute on Aging as one of the top 12 aging-related organizations in the country. Founded in 1957 to promote education, research, and training and to provide leadership in the aging field, CSA has sponsored numerous professional workshops, training programs and international conferences to promote lifelong health and fitness for older men and

 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM FOLLOWS

 

WHAT: ENHANCING LIFELONG HEALTH AND FITNESS, a conference presented by the Center for the Study of Aging and endorsed by 27 capital district organizations to teach health and fitness professionals how to work with older people.

 

When: September 22-24, 2005

 

Where: Marriot Hotel, Albany

 

Why: Centers for Disease Control and Merck Institute of Aging recently reported that the US health care workforce faces a crisis as increasing numbers of Americans reach age 65. Currently, one third of individuals over age 65 do not engage in regular physical exercise– which has a significant impact on their health and well-being as well as on the medical system and on health care costs. Making matters worse, according to the report, the nation’s professionals lack the training to address the health needs of the current group older Americans–and are “wholly unprepared” for the burgeoning needs expected when the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

 

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS: SUGGESTED INTERVIEWS AND PHOTO/VIDEO OPS:

 

MARRIOTT HOTEL ALBANY

 

HIGHLIGHTS:
DAY I September 22, 2005

 

Conference opening 9 AM with Sara Harris; eighty-something, on why conference is needed: health/cost problems because seniors don’t take good care of themselves and professionals do not know how to work with older people, followed by 9:15: Peter Engel, M.D. Acting Lead Physician, VA Medical Center, Albany and Associate Professor, Albany Medical College and Veterans Administration Network Upstate New York, ” Aging in Health and Disease,,” 10: 45 exercise session led by 80-something fitness trainer Henry “Hank” Linett, Wellness director of HealthPlex Fitness Club in Clifton Park; 1 pm Susan Fraley, Executive Director, NYS Nurses Association panel on “Keeping Mental Sharp and Physically Fit.

Day II
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2005

9 AM Introduction by Moderator – Henry “Hank” Linett, MA, Eighty-something Wellness Director, Clifton Park, followed by9:15 am Aging changes in the cardiovascular system,Jerome Fleg, M.D. National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, MD, 10 AM Introduction to T’ai Chiby, Richard Chu , M.D. Exercise for people with heart disease; 10:45 AM Aging changes in the brain and nervous system, 10:Jonathan O. Harris, M.D. Fort

1:00 pm KEYNOTE– Melissa Johnson, Executive Director, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports on

President George W. Bush’s new “Healthy US Initiative,” which is designed to motivate Americans to be more physically active.

 

DAY III
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2005

DayLong Workshop for Fitness professionals led by Henry “Hank” Linett
9 AM 
Forget chronologic age. Understand functional age.Chair exercises (Silver Sneakers).
Eliana Roque, Silver Sneakers (A program through which health insurers pay health club fees of seniors the fapital district and nationally11:00 Expressive Movement with the Older and Old-Old , Yoga.
Paulette Rochelle Levy, MS, Adult Educator, Exercise Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Los Angeles