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Experts to share the secrets of healthy ageing


Experts from Liverpool Hope University will offer an insight into how we can age more healthily, as they team up with Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton for this year's charity lecturethon.

Topics will include the role of sport in healthy ageing, ageing and muscle mass and nutrition and ageing, with Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton CEO Dil Daly opening the event with a talk about the work that the charity does in the region and how people can get involved.

Marie Harrison from the Merseyside Pensioner's Association, will also talk about 'Pensioners and activism: using our life experiences to drive change.'

The government has projected that by 2037, there will be 1.42 million more households headed by someone aged 85 or over – an increase of 161% over 25 years (Future of an Ageing Population Report, Government Office for Science, 2016).

Researchers from Liverpool Hope’s School of Health Sciences are carrying out two major multidisciplinary research projects into healthy ageing – one that looks at the impact of exercise and nutrition on different aspects of healthy ageing, and another which investigates the health benefits of playing tennis as we age.

Participants between the ages of 60 and 90 in the clinical study “Exercise, Nutrition and Ageing” are being given specific nutrition plans and will take part in both individual and group exercise, including walking groups, dance lessons and fitness classes. The researchers are taking a range of measures including balance, muscle strength, gait, physical and mental wellbeing, and the ability to perform everyday tasks such as getting in and out of a chair.

People can find out about both studies at the lecturethon and find out how to participate.

The lecturethon runs from 9.30am-4.30pm on Tuesday March 14th, and is open to all. It will take place in the EDEN Lecture Theatre, EDEN Building, Hope Park.

The event is free with an optional £1 donation to Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton.

The event is part of the university's British Science Week celebrations - find the full programme

Tennis and Ageing study

Healthy Ageing Lecturethon Timetable

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9.30 - 10.00am

Charity speaker Dil Daly

Chief Executive of Age Concern

Introduction to Age Concern

10.00 - 10.30am

Marie Harrison

Merseyside Pensioner's Association

Pensioners and activism: using our life experiences to drive change

10.30 - 11.00am

Ben Kirk

Liverpool Hope University - Sarcopenia Ageing Trial (LHU-SAT)

Exercise & Nutrition Interventions in Age- related Sarcopenia

11.00 - 11.30am

Kate Mooney

Liverpool Hope University - Sarcopenia Ageing Trial (LHU-SAT)

Exercise & Nutrition Interventions in Age- related Sarcopenia

11.30am -


Dr Matthew Jackson

Sport and Health

The role of sport in healthy ageing: A look at the multidimensional health benefits of tennis

12.00 - 12.30pm

Associate Professor Omid Alizadehkhaiyat Keynote speaker

Sport/Exercise Medicine - Liverpool Hope University - Sarcopenia Ageing Trial (LHU- SAT)

Functional Consequences of Ageing Muscle (Sarcopenia): Ageing Research at Hope

12.30 - 1.00


Dr Carl Larsen

Evolutionary biology

Evolutionary theories of ageing

1.00 - 1.30


Dr James Malone


Ageing and training

1.30 - 2.00pm

Richie Goulding

Exercise Physiology

Published on 04/06/2019