142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Stoking the Greying Dragon: The potential of Chinese Yangsheng practices for the prevention and management of degenerative disease in the elderly

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paul Kadetz, PhD, MPH, MSN , Leiden University College, Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands

Yangsheng practices such as qi gong and tai qi have been employed in China to maintain health and longevity from pre-Han dynasty to the present. Although, taiqi and qi gong have become popular in the West, the potential for community and self-management of chronic and degenerative diseases amongst the globally rapidly growing elderly population would benefit from further examination. This study provides a systematic review of the literature to determine the potential benefit of Yangsheng practices in preventing and managing degenerative disease in the elderly and the potential for its integration into North American and European healthcare. The literature was reviewed to determine both the historical transfer of Yangsheng practices to the West and to identify any research that has analysed the impact of Yangsheng practices on chronic degenerative diseases, particularly in the elderly. The research identifies a significant positive correlation between the adoption of Yangsheng practices and the prevention and management of chronic degenerative diseases. The potential challenges of the transfer and translation of Yangsheng practices to formal health care in the West will also be reviewed.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Define yangsheng practices and how they are commonly used in China. Evaluate the potential of yangsheng practices for the prevention and management of chronic disease in the elderly in the West.

Keyword(s): Aging, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted this research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.