Good News for LLT Director!

We are really pleased to let you all know that one of the LLT Directors, Dawn Skelton, has just (1 Jan 2012) been made a Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. The promotion gives recognition to her work in research, knowledge dissemination and implementation in terms of exercise for older people, particularly…

Exercise to Improve Balance – Cochrane Review updated

Dawn Skelton was involved in a lengthy new Cochrane review update on Exercise to Improve Balance in older people last year. The new update includes 94 research trials and gives useful information for practitioners out there wanting to concentrate on balance improvements (as opposed to falls reduction) in older people. You can read the full…

European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity 2012

2012 will be the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Action Plan on Ageing. In response to the demographic challenge all EU member states are facing the EY2012 will seek to: Promote active ageing in employment Promote active ageing in the community through volunteering and caring Promote healthy ageing and independent living Enhance solidarity between…

Improving stroke care in the community – KT Equal Conference – Nov 23rd 2011 Bath

Despite strong evidence that organised stroke care improves outcomes (Stroke Trialist Collaboration, 2003), organisational issues and resource limitation meant that many patients still do not receive adequate specialist community stroke rehabilitation. Stroke Networks are tasked with working with local agencies to ensure that specialist care is available for all appropriate patients (National Audit Office, Improving…

Translating the evidence – What works for Physical Activity – Conference 17 Nov 2011

As you may know the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) will hold its 11th annual conference on Thursday 17th November 2011. Translating the evidence: What works for physical activity? will bring together the latest evidence on the most effective approaches to promoting physical activity across the life course and explore how to use this…

Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

A very useful resource from Sweden – Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease – is available to search and download. It gives an overview of all the research evidence behind prevention and management of disease with physical activity and exercise across the age range. A “must-read” for those of you who work…

UK wide physical activity guidelines for older people launched 11 July 2011

Start Active_Stay Active was launched today (11/07/11) by the four home counties’ Chief Medical Officers. The document updates the existing guidelines for children, young people and adults but for the first time, includes guidance on physical activity in the early years and older adults.Β  For all age groups, this guidance highlights the risks of Sedentary…