Referral Schemes to promote physical activity – NICE issues updated guidance

NICE PH54 guidance was reissued this September (2014). This guideline makes recommendations on exercise referral schemes to promote physical activity for people aged 19 and older. It is an update of recommendation 5 in ‘Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity‘ (NICE public health guidance 2). It focuses on exercise referral schemes that try…

Care…about physical activity. An article about physical activity promotion and engagement in care homes

Edith Macintosh and our very own Bob Laventure, have just published an article in “Working with older people” called “Care … about physical activity” in care homes in Scotland”. You can view the article online here, or download the article here. The purpose of this paper is to outline an approach being taken, to improve…

Functional Fitness MOT training – Impact Assessment 2014

The BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health have published their first year impact assessment on the Functional Fitness MOT training run in conjunction with Later Life Training and Glasgow Caledonian University. Download it now – Functional Fitness MOT impact assessment_GCU_LLT_BHFNCPAH_2014. The headlines are: The Functional Fitness MOT training programme has to-date reached over…

NICE issue new guidance on individual behaviour change

This guidance makes recommendations on individual-level behaviour change interventions aimed at changing the behaviours that can damage people’s health. It includes a range of approaches for people aged 16 and over, from single interventions delivered as the opportunity arises to planned, high intensity interventions that may take place over a number of sessions. The guidance…

Age UK publish EXPERT SERIES on Falls Prevention – for commissioners and policy makers

Document Title: Falls Prevention Exercise – following the evidence Document Purpose: To explain the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. Target Audience: Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health professionals, commissioners of care services, health and care service providers,…

Improving later life: Understanding the Oldest Old – AgeUK – free download

Dawn Skelton has been working closely with AgeUK for some years on falls awareness campaigns and exercise booklets, but recently, Age UK have pulled together experts to summarise what’s known in their area of research about this ‘4th generation’ and set out their advice. These summaries have been collated into a readable, informative book, aimed…

International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults-2004

By the International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity in collaboration with the Aging and Life Course, World Health Organization EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Nancy A. Ecclestone, Canada C. Jessie Jones, United States The recognized value of physical activity in preserving functional capacity and reducing physical frailty in later years, combined with the support of the medical…