Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service – EfS Instructor Led

The Stroke Association have initiated a new ‘Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service‘ where it signposts stroke survivors to evidence based exercise options. Clients must be referred by a health professional, such as their physiotherapist, GP, stroke specialist nurse or occupational therapist. The service provides a 12 week programme of exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors, to…

People living with dementia and physical activity “Having a conversation”

  This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Working with local Alzheimer Society Service User Review Panels (SURPs) in England, Bob Laventure had a series of informal conversations with people living with dementia about taking part in physical activity. They talked about their views, interests and experiences and the challenges they face in taking up and/or continuing a range…

FaME (PSI) reduces falls even in low risk older adults (but not OEP) – Gawler et al. 2016

Sheena Gawler has published the results on falls reduction in a low risk population of older adults after a 6 month PSI intervention and a 6 month OEP intervention. Conclusions: Community-dwelling older adults who joined an exercise intervention (FaME) aimed at increasing MVPA did not fall more during the intervention period, fell less and had…

Referral Schemes to promote physical activity – NICE issues updated guidance

NICE PH54 guidance was reissued this September (2014). This guideline makes recommendations on exercise referral schemes to promote physical activity for people aged 19 and older. It is an update of recommendation 5 in ‘Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity‘ (NICE public health guidance 2). It focuses on exercise referral schemes that try…

Sedentary behaviour in Stroke – article

Prof Gillian Mead and colleagues have written an article in ‘Translational Stroke Research’ that discusses what we know about sedentary behaviour of adults with stroke, why it may be important to not only encourage more moderate physical activity but concurrently discourage prolonged sitting, and what research directions are needed to build foundational knowledge in this…

Care…about physical activity. An article about physical activity promotion and engagement in care homes

Edith Macintosh and our very own Bob Laventure, have just published an article in “Working with older people” called “Care … about physical activity” in care homes in Scotland”. You can view the article online here, or download the article here. The purpose of this paper is to outline an approach being taken, to improve…