70% of older adults sit for more than 8.5 hours daily. Is this so bad? Find out in a FREE webinar, co-presented by Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) team member, Professor Gillian Mead.
Get up and Go: Is sitting so bad for older people? will explore how prolonged sedentary behaviour poses an important health risk across the life course (a bigger waist, depression and social isolation, even an increased risk of death). Aimed at practitioners who work with older people, it will be a platform to share tips and ideas on ways to break up long periods of sitting and motivating ourselves, and others, to do so.
Gillian Mead is Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, a Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician in NHS Lothian. She leads the NIHR Age and Ageing Speciality Group in Scotland, which brings together clinicians and researchers and currently has over 300 members.
Together with MMP colleagues, Professors Ian Deary and John Starr, and 15 other experts from Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Salford Universities, Gillian is involved with the Seniors USP project on Understanding Sedentary Patterns. Led by Professor Dawn Skelton, this collaborative project aims to inform future interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in older people.