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Call for Papers Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities & Challenges for Aging Society

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Call For Papers Special Supplement Issue -
Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society

Guest Editors: Lynda A. Anderson, PhD and Thomas R. Prohaska, PhD

Older people are growing in number faster than any other age group, both nationally and internationally. In 2010, the number of older adults who were aged 65 years or older numbered 40.4 million in the United States (the most recent year for which data are available (AoA, 2011). Globally, by 2015, it is expected that there will be more people over age 65 than young adults aged 15 and younger (United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International, 2012). This transformative demographic shift presents numerous challenges that are well documented as well as many opportunities that are less well examined.

To address the needs of an aging society requires innovative conceptualizations and multidisciplinary approaches to understand the factors associated with healthy aging. Additionally, evidence-based social and behavioral strategies are needed to support and enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults. Moreover, approaches that can improve the health, functioning, and engagement of older adults and enhance intergenerational programs and policies that enrich all of society are crucial.

This special supplement of Health Education & Behavior will be devoted to examining the factors associated with healthy or optimal aging and evidence-based social and behavioral strategies to support or enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults. The Guest Editors invite authors to contribute papers reporting original research as well as comprehensive reviews that are focused on innovative approaches designed to support or enhance quality of life and independence of community-dwelling older adults.

Health Education & Behavior, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Aging Program in the Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network, and the Society for Public Health Education, encourages authors from across academic disciplines and professional setting to submit manuscripts. Health and aging topic areas of priority interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health equity and aging
  • New ways of conceptualizing healthy aging expanding current theoretical models
  • Methodologies and measures for better understanding the complexities of healthy aging
  • Global perspectives and initiatives on healthy aging pertaining to fostering engagement and independence
  • National, state and local programs and policies with evidence of impact on fostering healthy aging
  • Multidisciplinary and cross-sector approaches to healthy aging for advancing intervention effects
  • Innovative applications of technology to enhance mobility and engagement and independence among older adults
  • Special topics highly relevant to healthy aging, e.g., cognitive and mental health, health literacy, mobility, independence, social engagement, intergenerational studies, and linkages between public health and aging network, community health and primary care.

Categories of Manuscripts

Manuscripts will be considered in the following two categories:

Full Length Original Articles: Full length original articles comprise reports of empirical research and other studies of up to 3,500 words of text (abstract of up to 250 words), plus tables and figures, and references.

Review Articles: Review articles present state-of-the science literature reviews of up to 4,000 words of text (abstract of up to 250 words), plus tables and figures, and references.

Submission Process, Requirements, and Critical Dates

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript must first submit a 250-word abstract describing the manuscript by May 20, 2013, to Debbie Gordon Messer at In addition to the abstract, please be sure to include all author names, affiliations, and addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. The Guest Editors, in conjunction with an internationally prominent Guest Editorial Board, will review all submitted abstracts by July 10, 2013 and notify the corresponding author within one week whether an abstract submission has been selected. Authors of abstracts of manuscripts that have been selected for development and submission will be invited and expected to submit a full manuscript no later than October 28, 2013.

All abstract should be submitted via

All manuscripts will undergo peer review by the editors of Health Education & Behavior as well as the guest editors, guest editorial board, and peer reviewers.


  1. United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International. (2012). Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, United Nations Population Fund, New York, and HelpAge International, London. Available at:
  2. Administration on Aging (2011). A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at:

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