Professor Skelton to present at Active Ageing Conference

30 November 2016

Functional Fitness MOT training

Functional Fitness MOT training

Dawn Skelton, Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), will open and welcome delegates at the Living Well in Later Life, Active Ageing Conference on Friday, December 2.

Organised by Seniors Together in South Lanarkshire, supported by Living Well in Communities and South Lanarkshire Leisure, the conference aims to bring older people and professionals to share knowledge and experience of living well in later life.

Professor Skelton said: “This conference aims to engage professionals and older adults in understanding the components of fitness we all need to age well and independently.

“The value of the strength, balance and 'sit less' recommendations in the CMO’s physical activity guidelines for health cannot be underestimated. Recent figures from the Scottish Health Survey suggest that only 19% percent of older men and 12% of older women met the balance exercise guidelines. We will be showcasing the Functional Fitness MOT developed here at GCU.”

As an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background, Professor Skelton specialises in research and health promotion concerning exercise and older people.

Professor Skelton will join eminent speakers Bob Laventure from the British Heart Foundation and Dr Alan Gow from Heriot Watt University. Delegates will also hear from older people in South Lanarkshire, who will share their experiences.

Professor Skelton was recently named a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCPE) of Edinburgh in recognition of her non-clinical achievements and her exceptional contribution within the medical profession.

She is currently leading and involved in a number of collaborative projects which bring together multidisciplinary expertise within the School of Health and Life Sciences alongside external partners, both nationally and internationally. These projects, in areas such as active ageing, sedentary behaviour and physical activity/inactivity all aim to ensure practitioners can tailor interventions to meet the needs of older people with a range of co-morbidities and syndromes of ageing. She is also involved in ProFouND: the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, a European Commission-funded network aiming to provide the best falls prevention and healthy ageing advice to help prevent falls among older people across Europe.

Seniors Together provides a collective voice for older people across the area and work in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Cultural Trust.