USC Emeriti Center – Fit for Life Symposium

Web Photo from VideoThe USC Emeriti Center sponsored the Fit for Life Symposium in February highlighting USC experts from  USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, USC Davis School of Gerontology, and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence. The educational research and practical information helped to increase awareness on staying Fit for Life. USC VIDEO NEWS SHORT on the SYMPOSIUM

Video Recordings, Handouts, and PowerPoints are posted in the Program.

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Fit for Life Part 1  (9:30-12:15) Session

Fit for Life Part 2  (1:00-2:00) Session


Friday, February 7, 2014

9:30 Welcome
Pinchas Cohen, M.D., Dean, USC Davis School of Gerontology

9:35 Keynote: “Creating a Healthy Further Life”
Florence Clark, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA,  Associate Dean & Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Powerpoint – Florence Clark        Tips – Florence Clark

10:15  “Life for the Fit”
Eileen Crimmins, PhD, AARP Professor of Gerontology, Director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

10:45  Break

11:00 “Arthritis, Activity, and Remaining Active as You Age”
Stacey Schepens Niemiec, PhD, OTR/L, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy     Powerpoint – Stacey Schepens         Tips – Stacey Shepens

11:20   “Yoga for Seniors: Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Participation”
George Salem, PhD, Associate Professor Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
Powerpoint – George Salem        Tips – George Salem

11:40  “Healthy Living, Healthy Weight: Lessons from Weight Losers and Weight Maintainers”
Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD, Research Associate Professor Occupational Science of Occupational Science
Powerpoint- Sarah Jeanne Salvy      Tips – Sarah-Jeanne Salvy 

Lunch Exhibitors:

1:00  “Using Virtual Reality Technology to Support Healthy Aging”
Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L, Postdoctoral Fellow, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Institute for Creative Technologies   Powerpoint – Rachel Proffitt      Tips – Rachel Proffitt

1:20 “Fall Prevention and Universal Design: Safety and Comfort in Your Home”
Anna Quyen Do Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L, Research Scientist-Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, Andrus Gerontology Center
Adley Chan, OTD, OTR/L, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy   Handout – Anna Quyen      Tips – Anna Nguyen, Adley Chan

For further information, please contact the USC Emeriti Center:  213-740-8921