2022 Practitioners Day Speakers

Professor Dawn Skelton, BSc PhD MD.h.c. Hon FCSP FRCP Edin

Professor of Ageing and Health,
Ageing Well Research Group,
Research Centre for Health (ReaCH)

Session 1:Preventing falls: should we start young? Is it ever too late?
Session 2:
Make Movement Your Mission: 2.5 years later.

Speaker Bio: Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health in the Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at  Glasgow Caledonian University. She Co-Leads the Ageing Well Research Group and is a Fellow of the Royal College of  Physicians of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 

As an Exercise Physiologist, she has a keen interest in exercise rehabilitation within a falls prevention scope, from the hospital based physiotherapy delivery to the community based specialist exercise instructor provision. Her current research ranges from  motivation and patient preference to engaging the very frail, increasing adherence to long term exercise and working with the  pre-frail to prevent poor outcomes later. Implementation, fidelity and quality of evidence-based interventions when delivered in  different settings is also her passion.

She Chaired the Royal Osteoporosis Society’s Statement on Exercise and Osteoporosis (2018) and the Older People panel for the UK’s update of the Physical Activity for Health Guidelines (2019). She is currently Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Rehabilitation Group and is part of the Community Rehabilitation Alliance and the National Falls Prevention Co-ordination  Group within Public Health England. She is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Older People and Frailty Policy  Research Unit (OPFPRU) funded by the NIHR. In her spare time she is a Director of the not for profit training company, Later  Life Training, based in Killin, Perthshire.

Lesley McEwan

Executive Director, Physical Culture Association of Alberta
and Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE)

FUNctional FIT Break

Speaker Bio: Lesley is the Executive Director of both the Physical Culture Association of Alberta and Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE). As well, Lesley is the Older Adult Program Coordinator for Fitness Alberta (AFLCA).

Lesley has been a part of Older Adult physical activity curriculum development, design and delivery for over 30 years. Her primary focus has been on educating practitioners through certification courses, falls prevention workshops, physical activity fitness-based classes and active travel programs for older adults across the province. Lesley possesses a life-long passion for creating and delivering on-going professional development opportunities, to those leading older adults through healthy, physically active lifestyles!

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