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Ageing Well Public Talks 2021-22

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Posted on 2022-06-07 - 12:33 authored by Jitka Vseteckova

As part of the 'Ageing Well Public Talk series' we are exploring how important it is, over our lifespan, to maintain a well-balanced nutrition and hydration as well as regular physical and social activity in the older age, also known as the 'Five Pillars of Ageing Well'. As we know we start ageing the moment we are born. It demonstrates more significantly when we reach a certain age, the usual benchmark being 65+, but our ageing starts much sooner and the way ageing demonstrates when we are over 65 depends on decisions we have been making over our life span.

The series and related materials such as ‘The Five Pillars of Ageing Well’ (Nutrition, Hydration, Physical, Social and Cognitive Stimulation) became the cornerstones of further engagement with the public, specifically around COVID-19 and the relating self-isolation, which are now available on the Open University website and the Internet.

Creating bridges between communities (in this case: research community researching sometimes in an ‘Ivory tower’ and community of ageing population (for whom it is sometimes very difficult to reach to the findings that ageing related research produced) was the starting point. The overall aim of these series of interventions is to facilitate a step change in user behaviour and support service provision. Self-management and becoming partner in our own health care is an important aspect of these talks. This may have a wider impact in healthcare economies, as ageing and related co-morbidities have a substantial health and economic burden footprint.

I have been presenting the ‘Ageing Well’ Lecture Series in collaboration with Third Age University and Free Time University overseas and more recently in collaboration with primary care practices in the UK. Currently also collaborating with Age UK MK, Public Health Northamptonshire, Carers MK, UKeMED & Cambridge Medical Academy, East of England Academic Health Science Network and the and Voluntary Health Scotland on delivering ‘Ageing Well Public Talks’.

The Ageing Well Public Talks have been very positively received by service users as well as practitioners and policy makers across the country and internationally. The busy programme of consultancy of the past three years continues and we welcome invitations to contribute to programmers of care, integrated care initiatives as well as all other supporting services in the UK and overseas.

All talks last between 60-90 min.

Topics and dates offered for 2021/2022, including links to the live broadcasts:

Talk 1 -Sept 22nd, 2021

Are we prepared to live longer? (Dr Jitka Vseteckova Senior Lecturer Health and Social Care, OU)

Talk 2 - Oct 20th, 2021

What do we all need to know and do to prepare for death and grief, advanced care planning? (Dr Barbara Gale, CEO St Nicholas Hospice)

Talk 3 -Nov 17th, 2021

The ageing brain (Dr Jitka Vseteckova OU & Prof Marco Calabria)

Talk 4 Dec 15th, 2021

Learning languages and digital technologies in older age (Dr Ursula Stickler, Senior Lecturer Languages, OU)

Talk 5 Jan 19th, 2022

Disenfranchised grief in older age (Dr Kerry Jones OU)

Talk 6 Feb 23rd, 2022

Nutritional needs while ageing (Dr Jitka Vseteckova OU & Mr Alan Hastings, member of public)

Talk 7 March 23rd, 2022

Pharmacotherapy while ageing (Dr Jitka Vseteckova OU Ms Sonal Mehta, Director of Catalyst Health Solutions)

Talk 8 April 20th, 2022

Mindfulness and ageing ACT? (Dr Abi Methley, Senior Clinical Psychologist NHFT)

Talk 9 May 18th, 2022

Move it and breathe (Dr Jitka Vseteckova & Dr Declan Ryan, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, University of Northampton)

Talk 10 June 22nd ,2022

Standing tall (Dr Jitka Vseteckova & Mr Jason Gibb, Physiotherapist Connect Health)

Talk 11 July 20th, 2022

The things we dont talk about: Intimacy and ageing (Dr Andreas Vossler, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, OU)


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