Psycho-social factors associated with physical activity in the third age

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Wednesday 8 February. This will take place in EEG131 between 12 midday-1pm.

Loving later life? – Psycho-social factors associated with physical activity in the third age
Dr Clare Rhoden
Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the number of older persons in the world (60+ years) will exceed the number of young (<15 years) for the first time in recorded history. Current research tells us that being active in later life can reduce our physical frailty, increase our mood and sense of belonging and reduce age­ associated cognitive decline. However, when we investigate the number of people active as they get older, 57% of men and 60% of women over the age of 65 do not meet GOVT guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise on at least 5 days per week (AgeUK 2016). Approaching this issue from a psycho-social perspective, this talk will examine personal factors and societal stereotypes associated with physical activity in later life, consider developments in ageing and physical activity research and present initial findings from ongoing research projects.

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