At the weekend Samuel Nyman and Michele Board were at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) European Region Congress in Dublin. This was a fantastic conference with about a 1000 delegates from around the world, all interested in ageing! The Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, opened the Congress and we were treated to traditional Irish songs by retired public transport workers.
The days were full of sessions from a broad range of disciplines. The sessions about ageing in place, nursing care and assessment of those aged over 65 years in acute settings and residential settings were of great interest to Michele. Key points from the research presented was the importance of participation of older people throughout the research process, the significance of application to practice and the creative dissemination of research.
Michele had a poster displayed at the conference from her PhD studies on “How Does The Life Course Influence The Meaning Of Home For Six Baby Boomers?”,There was a lot of interest and some useful ideas from the more experienced researchers on developing the work further. Dublin Poster
Samuel chaired a symposium entitled, “New directions in promoting physical activity among older people”. Samuel presented the first paper on Do Strategies To Increase Physical Activity Among Older People Work For Individuals? This was from a series of n-of-1 randomised controlled trials used to evaluate the use of behaviour change techniques to increase walking activity among older people. Dr Merja Rantakokko from Finland presented the second paper onEnvironmental Characteristics And Life-Space Mobility In Community-Dwelling Older People. This was from an observational study with a two-year follow-up that investigated cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of restriction of outdoor mobility among older people. Dr Anne Tiedemann from Australia presented the third paper on Fitbit Pedometers And Health Coaching To Increase Physical Activity Among Older Community-dwelling People. Using a subset of the intervention group from a randomised controlled trial, Anne presented findings for, the acceptability of a new intervention that aims to increase physical activity without also increasing falls. The final paper was presented by Dr Annemarie Koster from The Netherlands on More Movement During Sedentary Time Is Positively Associated With Metabolic Outcomes. This was from an observational study that used accelerometers to investigate the benefits of physical activity for older people even during seated activities.
Despite being the last session of the day, we had a good sized audience who asked lots of interesting questions. This was a great networking opportunity and has provided some fresh ideas and new contacts for future work.