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Get moving for healthy ageing

Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016

Getting older people moving more and falling less is the motivation for new Charles Sturt University (CSU) research in Orange.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences Dr James Wickham aims to recruit 300 people aged over 60 years old, to take part in his 'Coaching for Healthy Ageing' research which will use social groups, health coaching and personally negotiated physical goals for each participant.

"Research has shown that physical activity, particularly that which challenges balance, significantly reduces incidence of falls and the use of social groups for recruitment could be used as a motivational tool to encourage everyone in the group to keep up their physical activity levels particularly as they meet regularly," said Dr Wickham.

"We require 30 social groups of around ten people, to take part in the trial which will monitor their physical activity and any falls they may have over a 12-month period."

The research is focused on Orange but social groups from across the Central West interested in being part of the trial are encouraged to contact Dr Wickham via email.

Media contact: Ms Emily Malone and Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The research has been approved by the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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