Finding out why exercise and nutrition are keys to successful aging

By Dale Johnson Posted: November 25, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Exercise and aging will be discussed by Dr. Eric Rawson of Pennsylvania at the U of R’s Centre on Aging and Health Distinguished Lecture.
Exercise and aging will be discussed by Dr. Eric Rawson of Pennsylvania at the U of R’s Centre on Aging and Health Distinguished Lecture. Photo courtesy of U or R Photography.

A leading expert on how exercise and nutrition are keys to successful aging is speaking at the University of Regina on Nov. 26.

Dr. Eric Rawson, professor of Exercise Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, is presenting this year’s Distinguished Lecture at the U of R’s Centre on Aging and Health.

He will talk about the importance of being physically fit and following an appropriate nutritional plan as a person gets older. Rawson has delivered over 100 professional presentations, is the co-editor of the text “Nutrition for Elite Athletes,” and the co-author of the tenth Edition of “Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport.”

“Dr. Rawson is an international expert on sports nutrition and exercise metabolism. His pioneering work into creatine and aging has paved the way for many researchers worldwide. Specifically, his research program investigating the effects of creatine and neurological related disorders has focused attention to the potential therapeutic effect that creatine may have on cognition, stroke rehabilitation, concussion, and so on,” explains Dr. Darren Candow, Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Health Studies at the U of R.  

Candow does research in the same area and says: “His research investigating the potential therapeutic and medical effects of nutritional supplementation, specifically creatine, for age-related neurological related disorders has enormous application for health professionals, governing bodies and policy makers.”

Having Rawson speak in Regina provides another opportunity for the wider community to hear from world experts on issues of the day.

“Over the years we have hosted some of the world's leading scholars in areas as diverse as driving in old age, ethical issues relating to health care for older adults, caregiving, sexuality in old age, technologies designed to increase the independence of frail older persons, pain in old age, falls and others,” says Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Professor of Psychology, Research Chair in Aging and Health, and Director of the Centre on Aging and Health.

Event:     U of R Centre on Aging and Health 2015-16 Distingushed Lecture

Date:       November 26, 2015

Time:       6:00 p.m.

Location: Administration-Humanities Buidling Room 527

Open to the public. No registration required, but space is limited.