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WV Rural Healthy Aging® Network

The WV Rural Healthy Aging® Network at the WVU Center on Aging is a member of the national Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN), which is funded by the CDC. RHAN contributes to the HAN mission by assisting in the development of a research and dissemination agenda related to the public health aspects of healthy aging.

Our research at the WV Rural Healthy Aging® Network (RHAN) focuses on the determinants of healthy aging among rural older adult populations.   Our goals are to identify interventions that promote healthy aging and assist in the translation of such research into sustainable rural, community-based programs.

What is healthy aging?

Healthy aging is the development and maintenance of optimal physical, mental and social well-being and function in older adults. It is most likely to be achieved when physical environments and communities are safe, and support the adoption and maintenance by individuals of attitudes and behaviors known to promote health and well-being; and by the effective use of health services and community programs to prevent or minimize the impact of acute and chronic disease on function.

You can find out more about healthy aging while visiting our website.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Confronting Challenges, Exploring Solution

The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter’s Annual Education Conference is the most comprehensive education venue in West Virginia dedicated to improving the way you care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Confronting Challenges, Exploring Solutions is your opportunity to learn from the best as we take a hard look at the challenges of Alzheimer’s and work together to find solutions. We will be featuring three topics that often present extremely challenging situations for families and healthcare professionals: Driving, Sexuality, and End of Life Decisions..

The conference will be March 14-15, 2011 at the Charleston Civic Center. If you would like more information about the Annual Education Conference, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.491.2717 or visit

Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement Series
The Arthritis Foundation is looking for leaders/instructors to head their Life Improvement Series locally. Instructors/Leaders must have CPR Certification. If interested please visit:


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