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Practitioners' Day 2022
Join us on October 25, 2022 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM for Practitioners' Day 2022.

Professor Dawn Skelton, Professor of Ageing and Health, Ageing Well Research Group, Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) will be presenting the following topics:

Preventing falls: should we start young? Is it ever too late?
Dawn will explore the evidence behind mid-life prevention of falls and the growing body of evidence in true prevention rather than management of falls. She will also cover some of her recent research looking at prevention of frailty and the link between inactive lifestyles, social engagement, loneliness and functional decline. Controversially she will also explore whether it is ever too late to instigate falls prevention?

Make Movement Your Mission: 2.5 years later.
Concern about lack of physical activity and loneliness amongst older people with medical conditions during quarantine and isolation in the first long lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, led Later Life Training to set up MMYM live on Facebook 3 times a day 7 days a week, 10-15 minute movement snacks to keep people active and engaged. 2 years later and following a published evaluation on the benefits to physical function, physical activity, social connectedness and physical literacy, Dawn will talk about how movement, simply explained and regularly practiced, still benefits a wide range of people and outcomes.

Lesley McEwan, from Physical Culture Association of Alberta, will be providing a ‘FUNctional FIT Break’ between sessions.

Oct 25, 2022 09:00 AM in Edmonton

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Dr. Dawn Skelton
Professor of Ageing and Health @Dept. of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University
Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health in the Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University. She Co-Leads the Ageing Well Research Group and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. As an Exercise Physiologist, she has a keen interest in exercise rehabilitation within a falls prevention scope, from the hospital based physiotherapy delivery to the community based specialist exercise instructor provision. Her current research ranges from motivation and patient preference to engaging the very frail, increasing adherence to long term exercise and working with the pre-frail to prevent poor outcomes later. Implementation, fidelity and quality of evidence-based interventions when delivered in different settings is also her passion.
Lesley McEwan
Executive Director @Physical Culture Association of Alberta and Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere
Lesley is the Executive Director of both the Physical Culture Association of Alberta and Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE). As well, Lesley is the Older Adult Program Coordinator for Fitness Alberta (AFLCA). Lesley has been a part of Older Adult physical activity curriculum development, design and delivery for over 30 years. Her primary focus has been on educating practitioners through certification courses, falls prevention workshops, physical activity fitness-based classes and active travel programs for older adults across the province.