Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds I don’t want to sound rude, but let’s face it, you’re not getting any younger. Then again, neither am I, or any of us in fact. And in this era of long lives and comprehensive healthcare, the art is in not just reaching old age, but staying active and healthy into it. Estimates suggest that the number of over-65s worldwide will rise to 1.5 billion in 2050. It is absolutely crucial that we ensure people are not just living longer, but living healthy, independent lives.
Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds Here at the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing, CIMA researchers investigate why our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles function less well as we age, and how age-related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age-related clinical disorders, such as osteoporosis and arthritis, can be improved or prevented. In this free online course, academics from the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle will join together to present their research on how best to live well as you approach and experience old age. With the wealth of seemingly contradictory information in the media about healthy living, sport and ageing, we will demystify the ageing process and show you how our everyday behaviours and choices affect our long-term musculoskeletal health.
Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds We’ll identify the components of the musculoskeletal system and explain how they fit together. You’ll find out how ageing affects it, learn about common age-related musculoskeletal disorders, and discuss the impacts of such disorders on society and quality of life. We’ll explore the impact of physical activity - and inactivity - on bones, muscles and joints. You’ll find out why exercise can be both good and bad, not just for cardiovascular health, but also for your musculoskeletal system as you age. We’ll examine, through case studies, why clinical care teams make decisions about physical activity as they do.
Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds You’ll extend your knowledge of the role of nutrition in musculoskeletal health, learn which foods provide important nutrients for our muscles and bones, and understand how dietary recommendations for musculoskeletal health change as we age. Finally, we’ll hear from some of our scientists about how they’re investigating the effects of ageing and nutrition on the health of the musculoskeletal system. This course would be ideal for anyone interested in studying the musculoskeletal system, for patients with musculoskeletal health issues, or their carers, or anyone who feels that they might be getting older and want to know how they can prepare for it by staying healthy and active.