Health Promotion

The role of staff in health promotion in community residences for people with intellectual disabilities: variation in views among managers and caregivers

Bergström H, Wihlman U. J Intellect Disabil. 2011 Sep;15(3):167-76. doi: 10.1177/1744629511424833. SOURCE:    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. helena.bergstrom@ki.se Managers and caregivers in community residences for people with intellectual disabilities are expected both to promote residents’ health and to support their autonomy. The aim of this article was to explore variation in views among managers and caregivers […]

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Working well with a disability: health promotion as a means to employment

  Ipsen C, Ravesloot C, Arnold N, Seekins T. Rehabil Psychol. 2012 Aug;57(3):187-95. doi: 10.1037/a0028844. SOURCE:  The University of Montana Rural Institute, 52 Corbin Hall, Missoula, MT 59812, USA. ipsen@ruralinstitute.umt.edu PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of this study was to test the utility of the Working Well with a Disability health-promotion program with vocational rehabilitation (VR) clients. […]

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Self-reported health promotion and disability progression in multiple sclerosis

D’hooghe MB, Nagels G, De Keyser J, Haentjens P. J Neurol Sci. 2013 Feb 15;325(1-2):120-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2012.12.018. Epub 2013 Jan 4. SOURCE:  National MS Center, Vanheylenstraat 16, 1820 Melsbroek, Belgium; Department of Neurology UZ Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium. marie.dhooghe@mscenter.be BACKGROUND:  Health behavior may be associated with disability progression in […]

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Disability and Health Journal

Please visit AAHD’s official journal, the Disability and Health Journal  to read the Medline and PsycInfo articles that have been published since 2008 on health promotion and people with disabilities.

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Elderly persons in the risk zone. Design of a multidimensional, health-promoting, randomised three-armed controlled trial for “prefrail” people of 80+ years living at home

Dahlin-Ivanoff S, Gosman-Hedström G, Edberg AK, Wilhelmson K, Eklund K, Duner A, Ziden L, Welmer AK, Landahl S. BMC Geriatr. 2010 May 26;10:27. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-10-27. SOURCE:   Vårdalinstitutet, The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences, Universities of Gothenburg and Lund, Sweden. Synneve.Dahlin-Ivanoff@gu.se BACKGROUND:   The very old (80+) are often described as a “frail” group that is particularly […]

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Improving health for elderly people: an international health promotion and disease prevention agenda

Besdine RW, Wetle TF. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2010 Jun;22(3):219-30. SOURCE:   The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. Richard_Besdine@Brown.EDU Across the world, there are substantial but missed opportunities for promoting health of older persons and extending the healthy life span. Current approaches to health care rely on late detection and […]

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What makes it so hard? Barriers to health promotion experienced by people with multiple sclerosis and polio.

Perceptions of barriers to health promotion were examined in three groups of individuals with disabilities: (1) those with multiple sclerosis, (2) those with postpolio syndrome, and (3) polio survivors without postpolio syndrome. While there were small statistically significant differences among the three groups, all rated fatigue and impairment as their most frequent problems. For all […]

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Community health and nutrition screening for Special Olympics athletes.

Since 1961, Special Olympics has provided sports training and athletic competition for people with mental retardation. A recent addition to these Olympics has been the Healthy Athletes Program, designed to help the athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experiences and well being. Original health services included dental and eye screening. In […]

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Barriers to nutrition as a health promotion practice for women with disabilities.

The purposes of this study were to examine the barriers to eating well experienced by women with physical disabilities and the services required to improve eating habits. Participants (mean age=48.9, SD=14.4) completed a questionnaire on health promotion behaviours (n=1096), which included a section on nutrition-related behaviours. Of the 31.8% who stated that they experienced barriers […]

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Bridging the equity gap: health promotion for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Health is influenced by political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioral and biological conditions—either positively or negatively. Health promotion aims to make these factors more favorable through health advocacy. Advocating for physical, mental, and social health requires that individuals with I/DD have opportunities to identify and realize their aspirations, develop the capacity to satisfy their needs, […]

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