Professor Kuei-Min Chen
Menzies Health Institute Queensland Program Seminar with Optimising Health Outcomes
Using Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAT) to promote health of older adults
This presentation introduces the five categories of the international classification of complementary and alternative therapies:
- mind-body therapies
- manipulative and body-based therapies
- biological-based therapies
- energy therapies, and
- alternative systems of care.
Example therapies under each category will be introduced, and how the therapies apply to promote the health of older adults will be illustrated.
Kuei-Min Chen is a Professor at College of Nursing, Director of Master Program of Long-term Care in Aging, and Director of Center for Long-term Care Research at the Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. Professor Chen has been teaching, practicing, and conducting research in the field of gerontological nursing for almost 30 years. Her research focuses on developing and applying various complementary/alternative therapies to promote the health of older populations. Professor Chen leads an interprofessional research team called the "Health Promotion of Older Adults", and has developed five innovative exercise programs for various older populations that are being used in 212 community care centers and 20 long-term care facilities in Taiwan: 1) the Simplified Tai-Chi Exercise Program (STEP), 2) the Silver Yoga (SY), 3) the Senior Elastic Band (SEB), 4) the Wheelchair-bound Senior Elastic Band (WSEB), and 5) the Healthy Beat Acupunch (HBA). Moreover, she has identified the key health indicators of older adults and developed a "Health Model for Older Adults", which has been highly-cited by the international scholars. Her work has been disseminated in international journals and conferences. She is successful with many grants and awards. In particular, she is the youngest recipient of the "Outstanding Nursing Professional Contribution" awarded by the Taiwan Nurses Association. Moreover, Professor Chen has just been inducted as the Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and received the Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International in 2017.
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