November 2019 – MICRA seminar
On 12th November Jude and Ellen hosted a seminar arranged as part of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) series. The seminar, titled “Creative approaches to movement and quality of life in age-related conditions”, included talks from three guest speakers followed by a panel discussion.
Dan Eaves (Teesside University) presented his work on the use of action observation and motor imagery to improve movement in stroke survivors, Dawn Rose (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) talked about the effects of music and rhythm on movement in people with Parkinson’s, and Yoon Irons (University of Derby) spoke about her research into the health benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s and aphasia.
The aim of the seminar was to highlight the need for collaborative research to investigate and build an evidence base for novel non-medical approaches that are interesting and engaging for older people, and can have a real impact on everyday life. The audience joined in with some mini-experiments as well as a sing-along, and some thought-provoking questions were discussed.