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If you are interested in the active aging field, write for us. Writing is a great opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and make a name for yourself. By contributing, you gain valuable experience in researching areas of interest and writing for an international audience. No writing experience is required, only a desire to find news about active aging and to write about it (in English). To participate, simply contact us at with a brief note about your interest. Or if you’re especially ambitious, feel free to submit an article right away by completing the news form. We provide bylines for all published articles. Article ideas include research findings, program profiles, events, and notable people in the field.


The following volunteer reporters find news and information in their regions and write reports for the Active Aging Community Center.

  • Waleed Al-Faisal, Syria
  • Tania Benedetti, Brazil
  • Maria Joana Carvalho, Portugal
  • Jonneke Kroes, the Netherlands
  • Nabil Kronfol, Lebanon
  • Thang Leng Leng, Singapore
  • Leticia Malavasi, United States
  • Sandra Matsudo, Brazil
  • Chae-Hee Park, Korea
  • Nicole Rogers, United States
  • Vicente Romo, Spain
  • Luis Solano, Costa Rica
  • Grace Trevarthen, United States
  • Grzegorz Zurek, Poland
  • Lan-Jun Zhou, China

We invite any professional involved in the active aging field to contribute information to the site. If you know about active aging news in your area, please report it. Help your friends and colleagues in the field.


Ambassadors promote the Active Aging Community Center to organizations and associations that study active aging or deliver services to older adults. They encourage these organizations to become active participants in the Active Aging Community Center by contributing news and information about their activities, discussing issues through the forums, and so on.

  • Claudine Aherne, MA, Vida Wellness Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Clara Fitzgerald, Program Director, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Narcis Gusi, PhD, Quality of Life, Health Economics & Exercise Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • Jorge Mota, PhD, Professor at Faculty of Sports at Porto University, Portugal
  • Cassandra Phoenix, Ph.D., Lecturer, Qualitative Research Unit, School of Sport & Health Sciences University of Exeter, England
  • Peter Reaburn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, CQUniversity Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
  • Anne Vuillemin, PhD, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Sport, Nancy-University School of Public Health, Villers-les Nancy, France
  • Julie Wittmannova, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of APA, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Active Aging Today Editorial Board

Active Aging Today is the journal of the Active Aging Community Center. Members of the editorial board work with the editor-in-chief, Michael Rogers, to help shape coverage and content of each issue, recruit articles, and review submitted contributions before publication.

photo of Ellen Freiberger   Ellen Freiberger, PhD, is with the Institute of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Her research includes the study of interlimb motor coordination and aging, and of fall prevention in community-dwelling older adults. Since 2003, Freiberger has been a collaborating member of ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe), and since 2006, she has served on the Steering Committee of the European Network on Action, Aging and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA). In 2007, she developed a curriculum for fall prevention instructors in Germany.
photo of Marijke Hopman-Rock   Marijke Hopman-Rock is the founding chair of the European Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA), which includes more than 20 European countries. Her professional background is biology, psychology (statistics), and epidemiology, in which she has a PhD She is programme manager for Physical Activity and Health of TNO Quality of Life in Leiden, the Netherlands, and co-director of the Body@Work Research Center, a venture between TNO and VU University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam. In 2008, the VUMC appointed her as a special professor in physical activity and health of older persons. During her TNO career, she wrote more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and numerous reports and chapters in books. She has served as head of the department of PA and Health at TNO, vice-president of the EGREPA (European Group for Research in Elderly and PA), and co-chair of the aging interest group of the American College of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACSM).
photo of Phil Page   Phil Page, PT, ATC, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has been involved in rehabilitation and sports medicine for more than 20 years, and has worked with the athletic programs of Louisiana State University, Tulane University, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials. Since 1998, Page has been the manager of clinical education and research for Thera-Band products. His duties include directing international educational programs and managing product research around the world. His clinical and research interests include the role of muscle imbalance in musculoskeletal pain, and in promoting physical activity in older adults for health-related physical fitness. He is currently pursing his doctorate in kinesiology at Louisiana State University.
photo of Chae-Hee Park   Chae-Hee Park earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in exercise science. Her major area of interest is in aging and physical activity. Park’s doctoral work specifically focused on examining the role of physical activity in maintaining independence and quality of life in older adults. Currently, her research focuses on translational research and implementing evidence-based programs in communities to positively influence older adults.
photo of Michael Rogers   Michael Rogers, PhD, is editor-in-chief of Active Aging Today. He is chair of the Department of Human Performance Studies and a professor of exercise science at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., where he teaches graduate courses in exercise physiology and aging. He is also the research director for the WSU Center for Physical Activity and Aging. His primary research interests focus on the effects of balance and strength training on older adults. Currently, he is conducting studies on the efficacy of community-based exercise programs in Wichita and Nagoya, Japan. He has more than 40 published papers and has made more than 300 presentations, regularly presenting in Europe and Asia.

photo of Mary Sanders   Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Medical Nutrition, School of Medicine, at the University of Nevado, Reno. She is also an adjunct professor in the university’s School of Community Health Sciences. Sanders is the director of WaterFit/Wave Aerobics and Golden Waves, and editor and co-author of YMCA Water Fitness for Health.
photo of Cody Sipe   Cody Sipe, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. His current research focuses on exercise as an intervention to improve the functional capacity of older adults. Sipe is the program coordinator and instructor for an online certificate program and co-owner of a fitness club targeted to older adults. His professional experience also includes personal training, group exercise, club management, and clinical exercise physiology. In addition, he is a recipient of the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.
photo of Nobuo Takeshima   Nobuo Takeshima, PhD, is founder and director of the Exercise Gerontology Laboratory, Graduate School of Natural Sciences at Nagoya City University in Nagoya, Japan. Over the past 15 years, he has been studying the physiologic response to exercise in older adults and developing exercise intervention strategies that improve the health and fitness of older adults in and around Nagoya City.

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