IGS Public Lecture 23rd September 2021
The Irish Gerontological Society has just advertised a free online public lecture on Physical Activity and Healthy Ageing on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 3.00-4.15pm.
The details of the free public lecture are summarised below, and participants can submit questions in advance of the session. See link to register: https://www.irishgerontology.com/events/changing-horizons-gerontology-physical-activity-and-healthy-ageing
This multidisciplinary symposium serves to give attendees an overview of the role of physical activity in healthy ageing. Topics covered include recent evidence-based initiatives to promote physical activity in ageing as well as useful tips and exercises for older adults who want to become more physically active. The panel will also discuss nutritional considerations for healthy ageing and mental wellbeing in older adults.
Professor Liam Glynn is the Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick School of Medicine. He will discuss the development of various exercise initiatives for local communities, the most successful of which now runs in collaboration with the Clare Sports Partnership, the HSE and the ‘Go For Life’ programme, with over 600 older adults attending exercise classes in 25 community locations throughout the county of Clare every week.
Chartered Physiotherapist Michelle McNamara will discuss the development of an excellent resource leaflet to keep older adults fit and healthy during the pandemic. This provides evidence based, safe exercises for strengthening and balance for older adults to encourage exercise during this time. Michelle will also lead us through some of these exercises in the session.
We will also include a panel of experts on nutrition (Dr Anne Griffin, Lecturer in Dietetics, UL), mental wellbeing (Dr Katie Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, UL) and recent developments in policy and practice (Deirdre Lang, Director of Nursing/National Lead Older Persons Services, National Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons).
The symposium is moderated by Professor Rose Galvin, a physiotherapist at the University of Limerick, and the renowned Paudie Butler, a retired former GAA hurling coach and team manager, and former hurler and Gaelic footballer who was a dual player for the Tipperary senior teams in the late 1970’s and early 1980s.