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The Seniors Wellness Clinic: An Interprofessional Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Care Model

The Seniors Wellness Clinic: An Interprofessional Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Care Model

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Lina Medeiros, MSW, Social Worker, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.
Debbie Kwan, MSc, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Pharmacist, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.
Carol Banez, MAN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.
Beatrise Poroger-Edelstein, MHSc, Manager of Elder Care, North York General Hospital, Toronto, ON.
Kitty Mak, BHthSc, Nurse, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.
Keegan K. Barker, MEd, PhD(c), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
Rory Agellon, BSc, Dietitian (Retired), University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.

In light of the aging population trend and the complex needs of the aging population, there is an increasing impetus to develop innovative service delivery models that focus on health promotion and disease prevention and management, are easily accessible for older adults of diverse ethnic backgrounds, are community-oriented, and incorporate an interprofessional team approach.
This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Seniors Wellness Clinic, an innovative health promotion model of care for older adults focusing on primary and secondary disease prevention and disease management.
Key words: health services for the aged, multidisciplinary care team, program development, health promotion.

Promotion of Exercise Prescriptions in General Practice for Older Populations

Promotion of Exercise Prescriptions in General Practice for Older Populations

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Boyd Swinburn, MB, ChB, FRACP, MD, Professor, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Richard Sager, BHlthSc (N&D), APD, Public Health Research Fellow, Greater Green Triangle University, Department of Rural Health, Deakin University, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

Regular physical activity in older populations reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls and also improves mental health. Some programs of written exercise prescriptions by general practitioners have been shown to significantly increase physical activity levels over the medium-term (six to 12 months). Increasing the confidence and skills of general practitioners to prescribe and monitor exercise programs is important. However, the more challenging barriers to the widespread uptake of exercise prescription programs are the structural and economic constraints within general practice, as well as the competing promotion of prescribing pharmaceutical products. Implementation research on overcoming these barriers is urgently needed.
Key words: exercise prescriptions, general practitioner, health gains, training, barriers, health promotion.