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30 May 17

Fit for later life: The importance of resistance and weight bearing exercise

Remaining physically active across the lifespan is arguably one of the most beneficial strategies for successful ageing. However, for some older adults the current challenge we face is in both the uptake and maintenance of sustainable and enjoyable physical activity. In addition, there are sometimes mixed messages about the type of physical activity that is most beneficial for older people. In this exciting session you will learn more about:

  1. The power of progressive resistance training within the aged care system
  2. The opportunities and motivating factors for older adults to be physically active
  3. The successes and lesson learnt from implementing physical activity interventions within the home

Our Experts

Dr Tim Henwood, Group Manager, Connected Living – Community Wellness and Lifestyle Operations, Southern Cross Care SA & NT and Principal at AgeFIT Solutions

Dr Tim Henwood is special population exercise physiologist with a specific interest in improving wellbeing services for older adults with complex healthcare needs and disabilities. He has extensive experience in the design and delivery of programs to improve physical and cognitive wellbeing and reduce disability, independent of age and disease. Dr Henwood has greater than 60 peer-reviewed publication, has attracted greater than $4 mil in research funding and is currently the lead researcher on a Federal Department of Health investigation of resistance training as a reablement model of care among community-dwelling adults with Commonwealth Home Support Program packages. He has recently joined Southern Cross Care SA & NT, where he has been given the brief to make “healthy normal” among their community clients.

Tim will be presenting about the power of progressive resistance plus balance training as a positive moderator of physical disability for those in the aged care system. In addition to the physical benefits, his presentation will also touch on the cognitive, social and financial benefit of participation.


Phillipa Batts, Operations Manager for never2old™, a programme designed and developed in Auckland University of Technology (AUT) University’s School of Sport & Recreation

Phillipa has a nursing background and is a graduate of the AUT School of Sport & Recreation’s BSR programme and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science.

Phillipa will be presenting the story of the never2old™ programme and it’s evolution over 15 years and the lessons learned along the way. The stories about the people they work (and play) with, reveal the challenges and motivating factors for older people wanting to enhance their quality of life through recreational pursuits.


Dr Elissa Burton, Curtin University

Elissa is a Sport Scientist and currently works as a Research Fellow at the School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science, Curtin University. Elissa is working with Professor Keith Hill in the areas of exercise with older people, healthy ageing, falls prevention, and interventions to assist people living with dementia and their carers. Elissa has collaborated with a number of home care organisations and has conducted much of her research with older people receiving home care services. Her research focus is the promotion of physical activity and exercise in older people to assist them to live independently, in their home, for as long as they choose.

Elissa will present on “physical activity and older home care clients what do they like to do?” (The presentation will also include those receiving short-term restorative care services.

Facilitator: Dr Ashleigh Smith

Dr Ash Smith is an Early Career neurophysiologist and is currently leading a team of researchers working within the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research group at the University of South Australia. Her current research vision is to optimise exercise prescription for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia. Within the last 5 years Ashleigh has published 17 papers in international peer reviewed journals, has been awarded 6 awards for research excellence (including 3 international awards) and has been a Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling >$1.4 million. She is currently funded by an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship and is a member of the newly formed National Institute for Dementia Research.

Ash will be facilitating this exciting session.

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Event Details

Online Registration:
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NSW/VIC/QLD/TAS/ACT: 12:00 - 1:00pm
SA/NT: 11:30am - 12:30pm
WA: 10:00am to 11:00am
NZL: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Registrations close on 29 May 2017 at 06:30pm AEST.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Event Date & Time: Tuesday 30th May 2017, 12pm-1pm AEST

Event Location: WEBINAR, National

Registrations Open: 22nd Mar 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 29th May 17 6:30 PM

Places Available: 146

Your Investment

AAG Members: FREE
Non-Members: $50.00
NZAG Members: FREE (Please enter the code provided by your organisation at checkout to receive this discount.)
ANZSGM Members: FREE (Please enter the code provided by your organisation at checkout to receive this discount.)






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