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Welcome to the Course

Professor Carolyn Greig and Professor Janice Thompson provide an introduction Healthy Ageing and cover the upcoming topics of the course.
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Welcome to this new FutureLearn course, it’s called Healthy Ageing: Concepts, Interventions and Preparing for the Future. My name is Carolyn Greig, I’m a professor of musculoskeletal, ageing and health at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. My name is Janice Thompson and I’m a professor of public health, nutrition and exercise, also at the University of Birmingham. Janice and I are the lead educators on this course, which has been created in collaboration with the University of Birmingham colleagues who are experts in digital learning and education. Eduardo Ferrioli, who is professor of medicine at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and also with older people from different walks of life who you’re going to hear from throughout the course.
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We will introduce you to some experts in the areas that we’ll be covering, and we’ll also provide you with opportunities to participate in a variety of interactive activities and engage with other learners on the course to develop your knowledge and enhance your understanding of the key concepts being presented. So together. Over the next three weeks, we are going to address three questions, which are one, what is healthy ageing? Two, where are we going in terms of what can be done to improve health span? And three, how can we use research to help prepare for the future?
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In this first week, we’re going to discuss the concept of healthy ageing by the end of this week, you’ll be able to explain concepts and definitions of healthy ageing and acknowledge different healthy ageing perspectives and individual experiences. You’ll be able to describe global ageing and frailty and frailty demographics and gain awareness of current initiatives and targets to improve health in older age. And you will be able to understand the concept of health inequalities and the challenges they pose to healthy ageing.

On completion of week 1, you will be able to:

  1. Explain concepts and definitions of healthy ageing and acknowledge different healthy ageing perspectives and individual experiences

  2. Describe global ageing and frailty/ frailty demographics and gain awareness of current initiatives/ targets to improve health in older age

  3. Understand the concept of health inequalities and the challenge to healthy ageing

Acknowledgements

Professor Eduardo Ferriolli We thank Professor Eduardo Ferriolli of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with whom we have co-produced this course.

Laura Chapman & Bob Jasper We also thank the Muscle Health Public Involvement in Research Group, which is affiliated to the UK NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre, University Hospitals Trust Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and University of Birmingham, for their valuable contributions. The group is organised by Laura Chapman and chaired by Bob Jasper.

Professor Carolyn Greig Professor Carolyn Greig is affiliated to the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, and the Institute for Global Innovation, University of Birmingham and the UK NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre, who supported the production of this course.

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