In January 2013, Active Aging Today (AAT) became a unique section within the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) Web site. The published content on the AAT site was migrated to the JAPA site (www.japa-journal.com) and became a part of that journal.
Active Aging Today (AAT) was an online multimedia journal for practitioners and administrators who work with older adults. AAT focuses on physical activity and health but also addresses nutrition, mental health, social engagement, and spiritual well-being. Professionals, including activity leaders, fitness instructors, physical and occupational therapists, medical professionals, and program directors, will find practical information that will expand their knowledge base and invigorate their daily work. The articles in AAT report on issues relevant to those in the field, including effective physical activity programs, participant recruitment and involvement, application of research to daily practice, program options for people with diseases or disabilities, and policies and issues from around the world.
Each bimonthly issue includes these regular columns:
- Features presents in-depth pieces that cover a wide variety of topics of interest to practitioners.
- Reach shows how practitioners have recruited participants, instructors, and other professionals to be involved in exercise programs.
- Effectiveness highlights evidence-based programs that have been shown to work, whether in research settings or more large-scale applications.
- Face to Face offers interviews with practitioners, researchers, and older adults about what they do and how their programs operate.
- Special Populations presents programs designed to help people with diseases and disabilities and details special considerations of the population.
- Research to Practice explores how people have translated research into successful community practice.
- World Report discusses initiatives related to aging and physical activity around the globe.
AAT’s online format also allows for multimedia content, such as video and audio, which enhances the print content and allows subscribers to interact with the information in a variety of ways. Past articles have incorporated videos of successful programs in action and audio and video interviews with practitioners and participants. Many articles have also included supplemental information, such as sample exercise programs, that can be downloaded and shared with clients or colleagues.
Editor and Editorial Board
Michael Rogers, PhD, is editor-in-chief of Active Aging Today. He is chair of the Department of Human Performance Studies and a professor of exercise science at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., where he teaches graduate courses in exercise physiology and aging. He is also the research director for the WSU Center for Physical Activity and Aging. His primary research interests focus on the effects of balance and strength training on older adults. Currently, he is conducting studies on the efficacy of community-based exercise programs in Wichita and Nagoya, Japan. He has more than 40 published papers and has made more than 300 presentations, regularly presenting in Europe and Asia.
Ellen Freiberger, PhD, is with the Institute of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Her research includes the study of interlimb motor coordination and aging, and of fall prevention in community-dwelling older adults. Since 2003, Freiberger has been a collaborating member of ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe), and since 2006, she has served on the Steering Committee of the European Network on Action, Aging and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA). In 2007, she developed a curriculum for fall prevention instructors in Germany.
Marijke Hopman-Rock is the founding chair of the European Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA), which includes more than 20 European countries. Her professional background is biology, psychology (statistics), and epidemiology, in which she has a PhD She is programme manager for Physical Activity and Health of TNO Quality of Life in Leiden, the Netherlands, and co-director of the Body@Work Research Center, a venture between TNO and VU University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam. In 2008, the VUMC appointed her as a special professor in physical activity and health of older persons. During her TNO career, she wrote more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and numerous reports and chapters in books. She has served as head of the department of PA and Health at TNO, vice-president of the EGREPA (European Group for Research in Elderly and PA), and co-chair of the aging interest group of the American College of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACSM).
Phil Page, PT, ATC, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has been involved in rehabilitation and sports medicine for more than 20 years, and has worked with the athletic programs of Louisiana State University, Tulane University, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials. Since 1998, Page has been the manager of clinical education and research for Thera-Band products. His duties include directing international educational programs and managing product research around the world. His clinical and research interests include the role of muscle imbalance in musculoskeletal pain, and in promoting physical activity in older adults for health-related physical fitness. He is currently pursing his doctorate in kinesiology at Louisiana State University.
Chae-Hee Park earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in exercise science. Her major area of interest is in aging and physical activity. Park’s doctoral work specifically focused on examining the role of physical activity in maintaining independence and quality of life in older adults. Currently, her research focuses on translational research and implementing evidence-based programs in communities to positively influence older adults.
Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Medical Nutrition, School of Medicine, at the University of Nevado, Reno. She is also an adjunct professor in the university’s School of Community Health Sciences. Sanders is the director of WaterFit/Wave Aerobics and Golden Waves, and editor and co-author of YMCA Water Fitness for Health.
Cody Sipe, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. His current research focuses on exercise as an intervention to improve the functional capacity of older adults. Sipe is the program coordinator and instructor for an online certificate program and co-owner of a fitness club targeted to older adults. His professional experience also includes personal training, group exercise, club management, and clinical exercise physiology. In addition, he is a recipient of the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.
Nobuo Takeshima, PhD, is founder and director of the Exercise Gerontology Laboratory, Graduate School of Natural Sciences at Nagoya City University in Nagoya, Japan. Over the past 15 years, he has been studying the physiologic response to exercise in older adults and developing exercise intervention strategies that improve the health and fitness of older adults in and around Nagoya City.