With Sláintecare, Government of Ireland

Research Study 1: Prime Time for Middle Aged and Older Adults. A 12 Week Online Multimodal Physical Activity and Health Intervention for Adults Aged 50-80 Years in Laois.

Sixty one participants (50-80 years) living in Laois completed this 12 week intervention. Participants had a range of injuries, clinical conditions and physical abilities. It was originally planned as an onsite intervention, but was converted to an online intervention due to COVID. Pre and post test measurements consisted of Anthropometrics, body composition, sit-to-stand, 6 minute walk test, timed up and go, counter movement jump, squat jump, hand grip strength, abdominal muscle endurance, press up, balance, international physical activity questionnaire (short form) and PROMIS 10 questionnaire. The intervention consisted of two * 60 minute group physical activity sessions per week delivered via zoom. All sessions incorporated aerobic, resistance, balance and flexibility exercises, A 15 minute health workshop was delivered once per week covering a range of topics related to training, health and the treatment and management of the clinical conditions that existed in the group. All sessions were monitored. Take home resources were provided each week including home based exercise videos, workshop notes, voice recordings of the health workshops, home based circuits etc. 

Research paper: The research paper published in the Physical Activity and Health Journal (September 2021) can be accessed HERE.

Programme partners: Laois Sports Partnership, Sláintecare, Pobal, Government of Ireland.

Funding acknowledgement: This project received funding from the Government of Ireland Sláintecare Integration Fund under grant agreement number 21.

 

Participant video testimonials: 

  1. Testimonial from Ann Garry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A7i07B_YP0&feature=youtu.be
  2. Testimonial from Deirdre O'Kane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmMW9s2cGN0&feature=youtu.be
  3. Testimonial from Maureen Culleton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guZVYR-m8Tc&feature=youtu.be
  4. Testimonial from Teresa and Micheal Lynch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59RX56Y-MgI&feature=youtu.be

 

Research Study 2: Reflections, Impact and Future Recommendations Following ‘Prime Time of Life’ – an Online 12-week Multimodal Physical Activity and Health Education Programme for Middle Aged and Older Adults in Laois. 

Twenty-one male (n = 7,65.9 ± 6.6 years) and female (n = 14,65 ± 7.6 years) participants completed the study. Accessibility, health benefits, suitability, social influence, and accountability were identified as key facilitators. Poor awareness, social influence, accessibility, and poor self-efficacy were perceived as potential barriers. Participants primarily (90.5%, n = 19) made lifestyle changes during the PTOL programme, and 61.9% (n = 13) maintained at least one lifestyle change seven months after completing the programme. Although lack of social interaction between participants was identified as a barrier, PTOL was a well-accepted method to promote healthy ageing for MAA and OA. Given there was a poor awareness of other MMT programmes and health benefits prior to PTOL there is a need for increased awareness. It is important to MAA and OA that they have convenient access to MMT programmes that are suitable for all fitness and functional abilities and provide technical support.

Research paper: The research paper published in the Physical Activity and Health Journal (June 2022) can be accessed HERE.

Programme partners: Laois Sports Partnership, Sláintecare, Pobal, Government of Ireland.

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