CSU helping people age well

21 MARCH 2018

Are you aged 60 years or over and looking to maintain or improve your brain power or physical strength?Academics from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga are looking for participants in their ‘Ageing Well’ program which aims to enhance older people’s physical and cognitive abilities.Participants will have access to allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists, who will support and supervise CSU students to deliver the weekly program.Project coordinator and occupational therapist Dr Melissa Nott said, “Healthy ageing is more than increasing the number of life-years without disability. It’s about creating an opportunity for older people to actively participate in the everyday functional tasks that give their life meaning and value.“We know that keeping active later in life brings incredible benefits for older people, in mental and physical wellbeing.”Dr Nott, from the CSU School of Community Health, believes that working in community groups also enhances social connection and reduces feeling of isolation for older people.“This project provides an opportunity for Charles Sturt University students to work in partnership with older people to assist them while gaining skills for their future careers as health professionals in regional areas.“We are also keen for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 50 years to take part in the program.”Participants will sign up for a one-hour session each Thursday for 10 weeks. The sessions will involve individual and group activities from Thursday 19 April 2018.The program will be held in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, at CSU’s Thurgoona site.For more information and to sign up for the program, contact Dr Nott on (02) 6051 9246 or send an email to ageingwell@csu.edu.au

Media Note:

A media event announcing the project will be held with project coordinators Dr Melissa Nott and Dr Kristy Robson at 10am on Thursday 22 March in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, on the CSU site at Thurgoona.

For interviews at other times with Dr Nott or Dr Robson, contact CSU Media.

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