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It's never too late: physical activity as we age conference

It's never too late: physical activity as we age was a full day conference which took place on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at Kia Oval sports ground in London.

About the conference

Age UK thinks it’s never too late to take part in physical activity, regardless of age or experience. The conference showcased Age UK’s two major physical activity projects, Inspire & include (funded by Sport England) and Get going together (funded by GlaxoSmithKline), with the aim of sharing best practice with delegates.

The conference brought together sport and health service providers, carers, volunteers, academics and older people, to discuss the health and social benefits of keeping active, how to attract and retain older people in physical activity services and how to build future programmes.

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Recap on the conference presentations

Morning plenary: The current landscape

'Towards an active nation' - Lindsay Games, Head of Disability, Sport England.

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'Physical activity in ageing and older adults - a public health perspective' - Dr Mike Brannan, Deputy National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England.

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Mid-morning plenary: The links between physical activity and healthy ageing

'It's never too late: every step matters!' - Dr Afroditi Stathi, Reader (Associate Professor) in Physical Activity, Ageing and Health, University of Bath.

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'Physical activity and mental wellbeing of older adults' - Prof. Adrian Taylor, Professor of Health Services Research, Plymouth University.

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Parallel session 1 : Service delivery with local health providers

Kelly Singh, Consultant, ICF International.

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Dave Montgomery, Physical Activity Development Officer, Age UK Coventry.

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Richard Porter, Health Improvement Specialist (Older People), Leeds City Council.

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Parallel session 2: Physical activity delivery in partnership

Dr Rachel Arnold, Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology & Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb, Lecturer in Sport and Physical Culture, University of Bath.

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Karen Kenny, Services Director,  Age UK Mid Mersey.

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Laura Gleeson, Senior Development Manager, Age UK Blackpool.

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John Myatt, Club Secretary, Wakefield Walking Football.

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Parallel session 3 : Physical activity interventions for people with long-term health conditions

Sarah Wheatley, Community Development Officer, Age UK Oxfordshire, Sally Bromley, Chair, Parkinson’s UK Oxford and District Branch & Lesley Hoare, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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Justin Webb, National Engagement Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Hayley Jarvis, Community Programmes Manager (Sport), Mind.

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Steve Hudson,  Inspire & include Participant.

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Closing plenary: Going forward

'Encouraging higher levels of activity amongst people with multiple LTCs' - Anastasia Knox, Associate Director, BritainThinks.

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'Insight into attitudes towards physical activity from people with long-term conditions' - David Terrace, Richmond Group Sports and Activity Lead, Age UK.

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Prof James Goodwin'Three great truths which can change our lives' - Prof. James Goodwin, Chief Scientist, Age UK.

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Conference notes

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With thanks to our funding partners

GSKSport England

For later life

Book tickets for Age UK's flagship annual conference, For Later Life, exploring the latest developments in ageing policy and practice.

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 169 65 65 (8am-7pm, 365 days a year).  

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Last updated: Apr 26 2021

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