GCU hosts ESRC seminar on ageing and sport

25 February 2015

Dr Emmanuelle Tulle

Dr Emmanuelle Tulle

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are key partners in an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series bringing together research expertise in ageing and physical activity.

The number of people over 60 is predicted to increase by 50% in the next 25 years, with expected significant implications for health and social care costs.

This seminar series, running until 2017, is led by academics from sociology, psychology, geography and sport and health sciences. It is addressed at policy makers, health and social care practitioners, physical activity and sport providers, and those working within the voluntary sector, to explore specific issues relevant to the physical, social and cultural environments that can impact upon physical activity in older age.

GCU is hosting a seminar focused on older adults who are regular participants in the Masters Sport Movement, either as athletes or as sport and physical activity providers.

‘The relationship between sport and physical activity in later life’ will take place on April 13, with keynote speeches from GCU’s Dr Emmanuelle Tulle, Reader in Sociology, PhD student and athlete James Bowness, and Dr Josefin Eman from the University of Umea.

Professor of Gerontology and Public Health at Brunel University Christina Victor, who is a Master swimmer, will join sports trainers and athletes in open discussions about what it is like to be serious about sport in later life. The seminar will explore the challenges of embedding physical activity into everyday life for sedentary older people.

Dr Tulle’s research identifies ways of enhancing the social and cultural location of older people through a focus on sport and physical activity in later life. 

For more information and to register.