Age in Action is a 20-page quarterly newsletter published jointly by the Virginia Center on Aging, and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Its target audience is composed of professionals in the field of aging, gerontologists, geriatricians, health professionals and administrators, adult home and community professionals, and anyone else interested in activities in geriatrics and gerontology education and research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The main feature of the newsletter is the case study which appears in each issue. These case studies are developed based on current issues and concerns affecting older adults.
Select this link to the VCoA Age in Action newsletter to read about a case study featuring "Medications as a Risk Factor in Falls by Older Adults with and without Intellectual Disabilities". The article reviews common intrinsic and extrinsic factors for falls by older adults and compares risk factors for older adults with and without intellectual disabilities. A focus is made on medications as a risk factor among a complexity of risk factors, and suggests steps to improve appropriateness of medication regimens as a step to help reduce risk for falls.
Other articles in this issue, include:
- "Lessons from a Sequoia Grove" editorial from Edward F. Ansello, Ph.D., Director, Virginia Center on Aging
- Update on DARS from Jim Rothrock, Commissioner, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
- Ombudsmen: The Backbone in Long-Term Care
- Focus on the Virginia Center on Aging
- Keeping the Conversation Going: A Daughter Speaks to Her Mother Across the Memory Loss Divide
- Memories in the Making Program
- Life's Turning Points So Often Shaped By Others
- Factsheets for Individuals Aging with Lifelong Disabilities
For more information on Age in Action, or to gain access to an online list of the issues published in recent years, please visit The Virginia Center on Aging (VCoA) Age in Action Newsletter web page.