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Global Aging Forum at GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov. 24

Global Aging Forum 2013 GSA-flyerPDF of this Flyer: FINAL Global Aging Forum at 2013 GSA-flyer

Sun, Nov 24 I 11:45 am-5:00 pm I Sheraton Hotel, Oak Alley Room I $30 (Lunch included).
Focus on transnational research and educational efforts concerning global aging and health.
A stellar cast of speakers will advance our understanding of ongoing activities and outline
future opportunities.

Session Topics Include:
“Methodological Issues in International Research”
“Funding Opportunities for Global Aging Resea rch”
“Exemplars in Cross-Cultural Education”
“Using International Datasets”

Jacqueline Angel, PhD – University of Texas at Austin
Ken Bridbord, MD, MPH – Fogarty International Center
Maria Claver, PhD, MSW – California State University, Long Beach
Eileen Crimmins, PhD – University of Southern California
Athena Fulay- Fulbright Scholar Program
Norah Keating, PhD – University of Alberta
Tsuann Kuo, PhD, MSG, MHA, MSW -Chung Shan
Medical University, Taiwan
Christine Mair, PhD – University of Maryland
Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD – NAPA-OT Field School
Heather Snyder, PhD – Alzheimer’s Association
Enrique Vega, PhD- Pan American Health Organization
Rebeca Wong, PhD – University of Texas Medical Branch

For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site. A discount is available
for PAHO/OPS member countries; contact
meetings@geron.org at GSA for further information.
Please note, separate registration {$30, includes
lunch) is required for the post-conference

Global Aging Forum
Register for the Global Aging forum now.
For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site: www.geron.org

Active Aging: Hiking, Health, and Healing

Anthropology & Aging Quarterly Volume 34, issue 3 (September 2013) pp.87-99

Active Aging: Hiking, Health, and Healing

Rodney Steadman, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta
Candace I.J. Nykiforuk, Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Helen Vallianatos, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

Download full PDF here: AAQ34(3)STEADMAN


This article examines the illness and recovery experiences and perceptions of physically active middle aged and older adults participating in hiking groups. These perceptions are examined within the local milieu of their group and the larger social context of biomedical norms of healthy older bodies. Discourse on the body was viewed through the lens of medical anthropology and data were analyzed using embodied ethnography. There were 15 participants (53 percent female) and all were of European descent. The hiking group provided participants with meaningful spaces and places where they could explore all aspects of their health with the support of others who had undergone similar life experiences. The physical activities they engaged in as a group were therapeutic and transformational for several members. Their group activities created a deep sense of community and aided in their healing processes. Holistic health programs such as hiking groups could provide an alternative or ancillary treatment options. However, cost, location, opportunities for socialization, and the physical abilities of potential participants should be seriously considered before adopting a hiking program for this demographic.

Active aging, health, middle-aged, older adult, hiking, embodied ethnography