GCU research helps older people stay healthier for longer

20 September 2013

A GCU research team is working to help older people across Europe stay fitter and healthier for longer.

The team, School of Health and Life Sciences and Institute for Applied Health Research, have developed a functional fitness test to measure and improve balance, strength and stamina among older people, are conducting research into sitting times and are working to disseminate best practice across Europe.

Professor Dawn Skelton, Professor of Ageing and Health, School of Health and Life Sciences and Institute for Applied Health Research said: “There’s a big public health issue. Many people don’t have problems yet but we need to pre-empt them. So this is about how we engage with older people and improve all the components of fitness they need to do that.”

The team have been working with community group Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR), who have recently profiled the work with GCU in their annual report. 

Nicola Hanssen, Manager, Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire, said: “This work helps older people to identify how making small changes can make a big difference to health and wellbeing.”