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Jacobs Institute & Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical
Grant Supports Study of Women in Nursing Homes

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February 18, 2000, Washington, DC Kelli F. Koltyn, PhD, of the University of WisconsinMadison, was chosen as the year 2000 Jacobs Institute of Women's HealthOrtho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar from a field of more than 80 applicants.

Dr. Koltyn will use the $30,000, 12-month grant to examine the association between physical activity, physical functioning, and quality of life in older women living in nursing homes. She specifically will assess whether women who are more physically active have fewer functional limitations than women who are less physically active. She also will identify preferences and barriers towards physical activity and strategies for increasing physical activity levels for older women living in nursing homes.

Women make up about 60% of individuals aged 65 or older and 70% of those 85 or older. Decreasing levels of physical activity in older women is associated with subsequent physical limitations. Physical activity has been shown to increase quality of life and could improve day-to-day functions in older women.

Dr. Koltyn will interview 132 women living in nursing homes in Dane County, WI. She will use several survey and data collection instruments to assess current participation in different types of activities; measure performance in routine activities, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and continence; and appraise the quality of life. "This is an important study about older womens health and we are excited to be able to support it," said Martha Romans, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute.

The Jacobs Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, practice, and understanding of women's health. At the completion of the study, the results will be published in the Jacobs Institute's official, bimonthly journal, Women's Health Issues.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, is a leader in women's health care. The company makes and markets prescription products in several therapeutic categories, including contraception, hormone replacement therapy, central nervous system, infectious diseases and pain management.

Finding ways to improve the delivery of health care services to women is the focus of the annual Jacobs Institute
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health award. Research that considers the changing health care environment, the unmet need for primary and preventive health services, the historic lack of research on women's health, and the importance of social, cultural, legal, economic, and behavioral factors influencing the financing and delivery of health care to women is eligible. The application deadline for the 2001 award is October 15, 2000. For more details on the award, click here.

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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Shannon R. Mouton
The Jacobs Institute
(202) 863-4989