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Physical Activity and the Pandemic : Lessons for older adults and health professionals


Oct 22, 2020 09:04 AM

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Professor Adrian Bauman
Emeritus Professor of Public Health @Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Professor Bauman is a world-leading public health researcher who has for over 30 years, studied chronic disease prevention and the development and assessment of prevention research methods. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Sydney University, and co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. Professor Bauman has worked extensively in the fields of physical activity, obesity, smoking and cardiovascular disease prevention as well as other areas of health promotion and prevention science. He is a leading authority on research relating to the health consequences of physical activity, including as a risk factor for CV disease and diabetes. He is a committed advocate for research translation into practice to achieve population-wide impact and health equity.
Professor Dawn Skelton
Professor in Ageing and Health @Glasgow Caledonian University
Dawn Skelton is an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background. She is currently Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, in 2015 received an Honorary Doctorate for Umea University in Sweden for her work with exercise and older people and in 2016 was honoured by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with an Hon FCSP. She was also awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - FRCP Edin. Her current research projects focus on the determinants and interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour, adapting the FaME programme for visually impaired older people and the use of the Functional Fitness MOT in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinics to increase physical activity of older people. She specialises in research and health promotion concerning exercise and older people.
Deirdre Lang
Director of Nursing, National Clinical Lead: Programme for older people @Health Service Executive
Deirdre initially trained in St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, as a Registered General Nurse. During the early part of her career she spent a number of years working in acute services both in Australia and in Ireland. She has had a variety of experiences in healthcare, having worked in mental health nursing and in practice development. Her experience in Older Persons Services includes the role of Clinical Nurse Manger 2, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing both in the HSE and private sector. Her role as Director of Nursing Older Persons Services brings together all aspects of her experience to date, together with her passion for the older patient and those who provide their care. Her approach to life is Henry Fords “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t ………you are right”