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AARG at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The Active Ageing Research Group will present some of their work on older individuals at the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences conference.

AARG’s work on the effect of carrying shopping on balance and gait as well as the effect of unprescribed physical activity on functional ability will be communicated to academics and professionals from across the UK, showcasing the quality research that takes place by the Group. See the poster presented at the conference

AARG at the NHS Research and Innovation conference

The Active Ageing Research Group presented at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Research and Innovation conference on Friday 21 November.

AARG presented collaborative work with Lancaster University and NHS partners on a proposed study for balance and gait assessment in arthroplasty patients. In addition, some initial results from collaboration with Kendal Renal Unit was also presented. See the posters presented at this conference.

AARG partners with AgeUK Lancashire

The University, through the work of AARG, has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AgeUK Lancashire.

This agreement establishes the very good relationship AARG has developed with AgeUK Lancashire in working together to identify what research needs exist for the older individuals as well as evaluating various initiatives.

AARG wins ‘Excellence in Research’ Award

The Active Ageing Research Group was awarded this year’s Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award.

The judging panel was impressed by AARG’s development and the level of achievement that was reached in a short time. This is a recognition of AARG’s hard work over the past couple of years and the group was delighted with winning the award. The award was presented to the group by the Vice Chancellor at the end of the University’s Research and Enterprise conference in July.

AARG successful in receiving funding for project

The Active Ageing Research Group was delighted to be awarded more than £130,000 from the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust for a project in older age.

The project aims to examine the links between eye movement and walking patterns and how this contributes to fall risk. The project is in collaboration with Dr Tim Donovan, an expert in eye tracking. With a PhD student obtained for this project, everyone is looking forward for it to commence! Read more about the story here.

New article published by AARG

The second article by AARG on Scottish country dancing was published in the January issue of Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. A previous article examined the benefits of Scottish country dance on functional ability of older females (TV interview here).

The more recent article examined the effect of Scottish country dance on postural stability. The dancers were compared to physically active controls and, although both had similar postural stability, the dancers were able to maintain it easier.

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