Professor Kuei-Min Chen
Menzies Health Institute Queenland Program Seminar with Optimising Health Outcomes
Developing and testing exercise intervention program
This presentation illustrates the research program of Professor Kuei-Min Chen on developing and applying various complementary and alternative therapies to promote health of older adults. Three research tracks will be introduced:
- tai chi
- yoga, and
- elastic band.
How the research tracks were developed and intertwined will be described. The second research track, yoga, will be taken as an example to elucidate how to design a three-year longitudinal study aiming to develop and test an exercise program for older adults.
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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