Falls Prevention Task Force Kick Off SVHAP

by Jennifer Schachner

The San José State Department of Kinesiology and El Camino Hospital are pleased to announce the launch of the Santa Clara County Falls Prevention Work Group (SCCFP). This group with will under the umbrella of the Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership (SVHAP) . In tandem with the work that SVHAP is already doing to offer effective, low cost health promotion programs across Santa Clara County to older adults, the Santa Clara County Falls Prevention Work Group will bring together health care, public health, aging services providers, academia, funders, and many others to work together to reduce the risks of falls among older adults through advocacy, resource development and community and provider education.

For this Falls Prevention work group to be successful it needs broad participation from community partners interested in working together to help reduce the risk of falls in Santa Clara County.

We invite you to come to a stakeholder informational session to learn more about the SCCFP.

May 3rd 2013

9 a.m. to 11 a.m

El Camino Hospital

Northside Community Center Internship Opportunities

by Amy Jewett

Northside Community Center has internship opportunities available to work with seniors to promote healthy aging. Some potential projects students can work on are listed below, and can be used for either Kin 180 or Kin 198 credit:

-Teaching Classes: Student-run classes begin this semester on topics including physical activity, nutrition, health behaviors, etc. for seniors, which will overall promote healthy aging. Some classes are in place already and others need to be started. Students will help develop and teach the classes.

-Fitness Checks: Students would perform fitness checks for seniors, as well as write up individualized reports for each of them. Write-ups will include information on strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement. Since many of the seniors will be taking part in the new classes, it would be beneficial to have these checks done twice during the semester to look for improvements.

-Health Fair: Students would plan and execute a health fair, which can include students from other departments as well as professionals in the community. The objective of this would be to promote healthy aging, and students would also be responsible for advertising the event at other senior centers and the community to build awareness both of the event and the center.

There are other available projects for students to help the center with, but these are the main things that pertain to kinesiology. Interested students should contact Amy Jewett, Senior Wellness Coordinator, Northside Senior Center, amynjewett@gmail.com. The center is close to campus, located on 6th Street just outside of Japan Town, and days/times for internships are flexible.

CHAMP Sponsors Senior Wellness Fair October 24


By: Sadhna Diwan on behalf of CHAMP and CommUniverCity faculty and students

CHAMP faculty invites you to visit the Senior Wellness Fair co-hosted this year by CHAMP, CommUniverCity and the Santa Clara County Department of Adult & Aging Services (DAAS).

When:  October 24, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E. Santa Clara Street (between 19th and 21st)

Students and faculty from Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work are participating to provide health and wellness screenings, education, and physical activity demonstrations to seniors from the East San Jose neighborhood.

We invite you to come and support your students and faculty, and learn about how your department might participate in future CHAMP and CommUniverCity activities.

Remember healthy aging is for everyone – if you aren’t older already, soon enough you will be! And you’ll learn about important resources available in the community to promote healthy aging for us all. So come by and check us out on October 24th at the Roosevelt Center!

The mission of the Center is to promote healthy aging among multicultural and diverse populations living in the San Francisco Bay area. With faculty affiliates from all academic disciplines at SJSU, the Center facilitates interdisciplinary aging research, education and training, and strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working with older adults.

CHAMP is housed in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts which is home to applied and professional disciplines serving dynamic societal needs and dedicated to promoting a healthy, ethical, and enlightened global community through innovative application of knowledge and scholarship.

CHAMP-CommUniverCity Senior Wellness Fair Flyer-2012