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Stay fit and alert as you age

PUBLISHED: 14:19 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 20 June 2014

Barbara Humberstone, Professor of Sociology of Sport & Outdoor Education at Bucks New University.

Barbara Humberstone, Professor of Sociology of Sport & Outdoor Education at Bucks New University.

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Buckinghamshire New University to host conference with Movers & Shakers

We can have a big say in how much we enjoy our later years – and the public can find out brilliant tips at the Ageing Well Conference takes place at the University’s Campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, from 9.30am-4.30pm on Friday, 27 June.

It has been organised by The Institute for Sport, Exercise, Recreation and Wellbeing (ISERW) at Bucks New University in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Conference features include lectures and presentations delivered by an international team of academics specialising in health and wellbeing, genealogy, older people, physical activity, sport and leisure. The event will also showcase wellbeing and exercise initiatives organised across Buckinghamshire by Movers & Shakers, which is a project run by Buckinghamshire County Council and the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Activities will include Jazzercise, Tai Chi and Zumba Gold. Creative workshops will also be on offer to demonstrate the benefits of keeping physically and mentally active.

Barbara Humberstone, Professor of Sociology of Sport & Outdoor Education at Bucks New University, said the event was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for people to find out ways to enjoy life and stay healthy as they get older.She said: “This conference is about combining academic perspectives with practical ways members of the community, in particular older people, can discover how to stay fitter longer.

“We will have plenty of activities from the Movers & Shakers health and wellbeing initiative in Buckinghamshire and also a lot of details on how to stay active. We also have craft workshops and fitness MOTs so there should be an informative, vibrant atmosphere. We would love as many people as possible to come along and take advantage of all that the day offers.”

Olga McBarnett, who leads the Movers & Shakers project, said: “This event will showcase the many activities available for older people, encourage them to learn something new and promote the benefits of our clubs. Movers & Shakers is about giving people confidence, helping them interact with others and to be healthier and happier. This conference is the perfect platform to show what we do.”

For further details on the conference and to find out details about booking go to bucks.ac.uk/events-conferences/conferences/ageing-physical-activity-recreation-and-well-being

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