April 2012

SCI Focus – A Quarterly Newsletter focusing on Spinal Cord Injury

Welcome to the second issue of SCI Focus which is brought to you by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC.

Spinal cord injury can exacerbate the physical and physiologic declines brought on by the aging process, which could lead to needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) at an earlier age. In this issue, we focus on aging with a spinal cord injury. You will find information on current RRTC aging-related research, resources on aging, articles, surveys, and assorted links to useful information.

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Current RRTC research

The RRTC on Secondary Conditions is assisting the current RRTC on Aging located at University of Washington Seattle, WA with study recruitment. Their study is looking at the effectiveness of physical activity for improving mood in people aging with SCI or MS. Since the study is carried out entirely by phone, participants may reside anywhere in the United States. If you are interested in participating, please contact the RRTC on Aging at 1-866-928-2114 or agerrtc@uw.edu. Study participants will be compensated for their time and phone expenses.



Aging Related Quick Survey

Results from the previous RRTC and other useful links

Aging Articles

    • Heinemann AW, Steeves JD, Boninger M, Groah SL, Sherwood AM. (2012). State of the science in spinal cord injury rehabilitation 2011: informing a new research agenda. Spinal Cord;1-8. (Link to State of Science abstract)
    • Groah SL, Charlifue S, Tate D, Jensen MP, Molton IR, Forchheimer M, Krause JS, Lammertse DP, Campbell M. (2012). Spinal cord injury and aging: Challenges and recommendations for future research. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 1: p 80-93. (Link to SCI and Aging abstract)
    • Jensen MP, Molton IR, Groah SL, Campbell M, Charlifue S, Chiodo A, Forchheimer M, Krause JS, Tate D. (2011).  Secondary health conditions in individuals aging with SCI: Terminology, concepts and analytic approaches. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. (Link to Secondary health conditions abstract)
    • Groah SL, Kehn ME. (2010). The State of Aging and Public Health for People with Spinal Cord Injury: Lost in Transition? 15(3): 1-10. (Link to State of Aging abstract)
    • Libin A, Spungen M, Hsieh C-H, Lichy A, Groah S (2009). Rehabilitation after Rotator Cuff Surgery in Spinal Cord Injury: Exploring Consumer Experiences. SCI Psychosocial press 22 (1). (Link to Rehab after Rotator Cuff Surgery abstract)
    • Kroll T, Neri M, Ho P-S. (2007). Secondary Conditions in Spinal Cord Injury: Results from a Prospective Survey. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29(15), 1229-1237. (Link to Secondary Conditions in SCI abstract)
    • Elrod M, Lichy A. (2005). The Impact of Spinal cord Injury on the Shoulder.  In Groah, S (Ed.) Managing Spinal Cord Injury: A guide to Living Well with Spinal Cord Injury. Washington, DC, NRH Publishing:261-288. (Link to excerpt from book Impact of SCI on Shoulder)
    • Groah SL, Stiens SA, Gittler MS, Kirshblum SC , McKinley WO. (2002). Spinal Cord Injury Medicine: Preserving wellness and independence of the aging patient with spinal cord injury: a primary care approach for the rehabilitation medicine specialist. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83(3) Suppl1: S82-S89. (Link to SCI Medicine abstract)
    • Groah SL, Weitzenkamp D, Sett P, Soni B, Savic G. (2001). The relationship between neurologic level of injury and symptomatic cardiovascular disease risk in the aging spinal injured. Spinal Cord, 39:310-317. (Link to Neurologic level of injury abstract)
    • Aging and Spinal Cord Injury – William A Kraft, Ph.D., Spinal Cord Injury Association of Kentucky. (Link to Aging and SCI website)

Presentations on Aging

    • Cardiometabolic Risk, Obesity & Inflammation: What Does it all Mean for Individuals Aging with Spinal Cord Injury? Presented by Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH at Aging with SCI Workshop in Miami, FL sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Kessler Foundation, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Craig H Neilsen Foundation in June, 2010. (Link to slide presentation)
    • Aging with a Spinal Cord Injury. Presented on June 9, 2009, by Rina Reyes, MD, Medical Director, UW Medicine SCI Rehabilitation Program and Assistant Professor, UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Ivan Molton, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Acting Assistant Professor, UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. (Link to SCI Forum Report and Video)

Past Issues of SCI Focus

January 2012 Inaugural issue on Skin Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention



The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury is a five-year project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Grant #H133B090002. Its focus is the prevention and management of secondary conditions among individuals with SCI, particularly pressure sores, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

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