Aging with Grace

January 29, 2015

A UW study spearheaded by Ivan Molton, Ph.D, UW Department of Rehabilitation, looks to help seniors with disabilities age with grace. Meet wellness coach Nikki Bagli and her work with seniors to help motivate them and improve the quality of their life.

This study is the product of a collaboration between the University of Washington’s Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) and Senior Services.

Healthy Aging RRTC is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the focus of our center is to promote healthy aging for adults who are aging with long-term physical disabilities. Specifically, the research focuses on adults with multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), post-polio syndrome (PPS) and spinal cord injury (SCI).

EnhanceWellness is part of a larger program through Senior Services called Project Enhance, which offers evidence-based programs for achieving healthy living at over 40 sites in King County and 500 sites nationally. EnhanceWellness was originally developed as a health & wellness program for older adults, which brings a wellness coach (a social worker or nurse) together with participants to help them reach a health related goal of their choosing.

EnhanceWellness has not been tested in adults who are living with MS, MD, PPS or SCI. As a result, our research group (the Healthy Aging RRTC) is collaborating with Senior Services to see if EnhanceWellness is also beneficial to adults with these 4 conditions. Our hope is that with a few adaptations, we can provide evidence to support EnhanceWellness’s effectiveness to a new group of adults and thus broaden the reach of an already successful program.

Northshore Senior Center has been affiliated with Senior Services of Seattle/King County since 1982 and offers all of the Project Enhance programming.

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