Research Report 2008

Aging gracefully

“Healthy aging” is defined by the World Health Organization as “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” Staying active and healthy as we grow old – this is everyone’s hope but it’s not the reality for many Canadians.

Dr. Wendy Young

Dr. Wendy Young, Memorial University’s new Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging, is focusing her research on the determinants of healthy aging and optimizing care for common age-related chronic diseases such as respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke and osteoarthritis.

Dr. Young is researching the lessons learned from those who are aging comfortably, and bringing that message to small communities. Her vision is for seniors living in remote locations across the country to get support from each other as well as health care professionals.

“My research program will systematically develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based primary and secondary prevention interventions that promote healthy aging for older persons,” explained Dr. Young.

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