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Jul 31, 2009 09:48

New online community advances active aging issues

Provides portal for researchers, practitioners

CHAMPAIGN, IL-The new online Active Aging Community Center, located at www.HumanKinetics.com/aacc, brings tools and information on older adult physical activity to all professionals and students interested in the field.

The new community center, part of a greater HumanKinetics.com redesign, provides free access to tools and information such as news from international organizations, physical activity program successes, research findings, educational opportunities, job listings, conference and event calendars, grants and funding opportunities and member profiles.

"The ultimate goal of the Active Aging Community Center is advancing the study of active aging and enhancing the delivery of services to older adults worldwide," says Brian Holding, Human Kinetics CEO. Human Kinetics and the International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity (ICAPA) sponsor the new community center, which is led by a steering committee of industry professionals, including renowned researcher Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, PhD.

"We invite all professionals interested in the active aging field to join us on the site," says Active Aging Community Center director Angela DeMano. "Whether you’d like to report on news and happenings in your area, add conferences to the event calendar or share your work with members of the community, you’re very welcomed to log on and join the dialogue."

In addition to the free content, the community center offers additional benefits to premium members through the "AACC+" portion of the site. Benefits to premium members include access to the international Active Aging Forum, product discounts, discounted registration for the 2012 World Congress on Active Aging and access to the new Active Aging Today multimedia journal.

"Active Aging Today is an exciting new project with great potential to invigorate our members’ daily work," adds DeMano. "In addition to the content’s usefulness to everyone from program directors and activity leaders to therapists and medical professionals, we think the way the content is presented-including videos and podcasts as well as narratives and expert columns-will better engage members."

Researchers and practitioners looking to publish their work should contact DeMano at aat@hkusa.com.

Human Kinetics has served the physical activity field since 1974 as the premier publisher for physical activity and health products. Human Kinetics produces textbooks and their ancillaries, consumer books, software, videos, journals, and online courses. Human Kinetics is based in Champaign, Ill., with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

The International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity (ICAPA) is an international not-for-profit group of researchers and practitioners that promotes the study of active aging; the enhanced delivery of services to older adults; and the collection, dissemination, and discussion of information to help professionals further their work. Active aging is the process of leading an active life in order to optimize health, happiness, and autonomy as people age. ICAPA will organize a World Congress on Active Aging approximately every four years. The next Congress will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2012.

 

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