Glasgow Caledonian University has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University to stage the World Congress on Active Ageing in Glasgow in 2012. This is the first time this prestigious event will be held in the United Kingdom. This five-day Congress will attract the worldwide community of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.
The 8th World Congress programme will be designed to celebrate the diversity of ageing and, in particular, will focus on the needs of the oldest and frailest population, often excluded from both research and practice.
Key themes running throughout the Congress will highlight:
- Active environments (building, planning, and technology/IT)
- Training of exercise, health, and social care professionals
- Motivation to take up and adhere to physical activity and exercise
- Measurement of physical activity and exercise outcomes
Meeting professional needs
The Congress will employ a thematic approach to deliver a series of strong one-day programmes to meet the needs of specific professional interests and topic areas. Suggested thematic days, mutually inclusive of the themes considered above, will include:
- Working with those with neurological conditions
- Working with those with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
- Working with those with cognitive impairment and dementia
- Working to reduce falls and fractures and with those with musculoskeletal conditions
The event will be of interest to a wide range of professionals including academics, policy makers, and practitioners who are concerned with the health and well-being of older people from the biological, behavioural, and social sciences as well as the fields of medicine, physical and recreational therapy, health, sport and exercise sciences, physical education, leisure and recreation, and the social and caring services.
A focus on the oldest and frailest populations
This population group benefits immensely from inclusion in physical activity in terms of quality of life, social isolation, and symptoms of long-term conditions. The frail and those with long-term conditions find access to and inclusion in exercise opportunities more challenging. Uptake and adherence is often poor, and knowledge about the needs, motivators, and barriers to physical activity in patient populations is a growing area of interest.
To assist the exchange of ideas and foster a community feeling throughout the event, the Congress will employ a range of communication activities including keynote papers, symposia, round tables, free oral sessions, satellite meetings, posters and informal and special interest groups.