Physical Activity and Dietary Self-Management in Older Adults with Sarcopenia

Project Director:
Murad Taani, PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Co-Investigators:
Scott J. Strath, PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Amy Harley, PhD, MPH, RD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This study will examine the relationship of pain and self-efficacy for physical activity, goal congruence, social support, and expectations regarding aging to physical activity, nutrition-related self-management behaviors and muscle mass, function, strength and quality of life in older adults residing in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). This project draws on the CON’s strengths in geriatric health care research. The information gained from this study will fill a gap in geriatric self-management science and lay the foundation for designing interventions aimed to improve health outcomes for this population.

Step Up Intervention for Self-Management of Fatigue in Young Adults Receiving Chemotherapy

Project Director:
Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Co-Investigator:
Ann Swartz, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Consultants:
John Charlson, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Melinda Stolley, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin

This study will examine a 12-week physical activity intervention (Step-Up) to improve self-management of fatigue in adolescents and young adults receiving chemotherapy. The intervention will include components of education, negotiated collaboration to set individual physical activity goals during chemotherapy cycles, and tools for self-monitoring physical activity.