UIndy a natural for major national conference on exercise & aging


As the nation’s population grows older, scientists are just beginning to understand the importance of staying active in maintaining physical and mental health late in life.

The American Physical Therapy Association decided to tackle the issue head on this year with a major conference featuring top minds and the latest research.

The location? The University of Indianapolis, home of both the Center for Aging & Community and the nationally ranked Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

The Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference, organized by APTA’s Section on Geriatrics, will draw 400 physical therapy practitioners and educators from across North America to the UIndy campus July 29–31.

Under the theme “Blending Research and Practice,” participants will discuss ways to translate new scientific findings into better client treatment.

UIndy Assistant Professor William Staples says the conference is unique in the caliber of its presenters and range of topics.

These include ways clinicians and communities can encourage exercise among older adults; the importance of physical activity in reducing falls, preserving functionality, and mental capacity; and preventing or treating such common maladies as heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

“It’s the first of its kind, and we have some world-renowned speakers coming,” says Staples, who sits on the conference steering committee along with Ellen Miller, executive director of UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community and an associate professor of physical therapy.

“It’s really looking at what we should be doing as physical therapists and where the future of the profession is going.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert N. Butler, president and CEO of International Longevity Center USA, founding director of the National Institute on Aging, and founder of the nation’s first medical school geriatrics department, at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Butler is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Why Survive: Being Old in America and, more recently, The Longevity Revolution.

Contact the University’s Center for Aging & Community at (317) 791-5930 or visit http://cac.uindy.edu. Contact the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at (317) 788-3500 or visit http://pt.uindy.edu.