The first of Bournemouth University’s online public lectures has taken place, exploring BU research into healthy ageing.
Following an introductory message from Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney, the event was opened by Professor of Nutrition Jane Murphy and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Sophia Amenyah, who discussed how our nutritional needs change throughout our life and the importance of good nutrition as we age.
They also shared details of their latest research projects - including the DONOR project, which will explore whether digital technology can support with the management of frailty, and how community-based food activities, such as growing, cooking and eating together, impact upon the health and wellbeing of older people.
In the second presentation of the evening, Principal Academic in Psychology Dr Samuel Nyman presented the findings of his research project which looked at whether Tai Chi had benefits for people with dementia and their carers and found that taking part in regular Tai Chi classes helped maintain good quality of life.
The presentation was followed by a live Tai Chi session with qualified instructor Michael Acton, which attendees could take part in from home.
Professor of Public Health and Wellbeing Ann Hemingway was the final speaker, talking about the Stay Active and Independent for Longer (SAIL) project, which used social innovation to support older people to remain active, healthy and independent, as well as exploring existing barriers.
The event ended with a question and answer session and a discussion, which covered topics including the importance of protein as we age, and the role technology can play in supporting health and wellbeing in later life.
Over 300 people registered to attend the event, which was the first in BU’s online public lecture series showcasing BU’s research strengths and their impact. The next event - Beside the seaside: the past, present and future of the Great British Seaside - will take place on Thursday 24 March.
Amanda Edwards, Engagement and Impact Facilitator, said: “It was great to have so many people join us to hear about BU’s research into healthy ageing and how we are supporting people to live better, healthier lives as we get older.
“Our speakers shared interesting insights into their research and areas of expertise and we had some brilliant questions and interaction from the audience, which made for a really lively and varied event. We’re now looking forward to our next event in the series, exploring the past, present and future of the great British seaside.”
Watch the recording of the Living Better for Longer event
Find out more about the online public lecture series and upcoming events