2012 Living Longer Living Stronger Annual Conference
This conference has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.
Please contact Alan Bull at COTA phone 96552141 for further information.
2011 Living Longer Living Stronger Annual Conference
Motivation to Move
This year’s conference, conducted on Tuesday 23 August, commenced with Associate Professor Adrian Schoo, Rural Health School, La Trobe University who spoke on our theme of motivation, specifically motivational interviewing. During the two hour afternoon workshop participants put the theory into practice using role play activities. While aimed at health and fitness professionals, the techniques are readily transferable – as one participant commented, ”I can use this with my son!”
Jay Lee, Exercise Physiologist with YMCA Metro, East Loddon Mallee then spoke on the Clinic to Community Program, developed by YMCA Boroondara and Victoria University. Medicare bulk billing encourages GP’s to refer ‘at risk’ clients via the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan. The partnership with Victoria University enables Exercise Physiology studuents to gain practical experience whilst providing participants with more support than would otherwise be possible. Participant Ian Farrell, described how the program has been instrumental in enabling him to walk again after surgery.
Later, Jan Bourke spoke about COTA’s Back in the Game program, which is generating a lot of interest – more.
During the afternoon Richard Biss, Falls Clinic Coordinator & Physiotherapist, Caulfield Hospital covered falls prevention, including methods for assessing falls risk and some simple exercises and progressions to improve balance. Finally Nathan Quinn and Gareth Houley from PT Academy challenged participants with some new approaches to ‘traditional’ resistance training exercises – participants enjoyed this very practical session and feeling certainly was believing!
You can download the following presentations:
Motivational interviewing, Adrian Schoo: download
Clinic to community, Jay Lee: download
LLLS 2011 and beyond, Stephanie Harper: download
Programming for prevention of falls, Richard Biss: download
2010 Living Longer Living Stronger™ Annual Conference
Reaching the ‘hard to reach’.
More than 130 delegates attended this year’s annual LLLS conference at Victoria University on 26 August.
After an entertaining official opening by Telmo Languiller (Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services), keynote speaker Dr Francis Macnab, an expert in psychotherapy and human relations, talked about ‘what older men really want’. Given that men are generally in the minority in our LLLS programs, this was of interest to many delegates, who especially appreciated learning about Dr Macnab’s ‘f-words’. While there are 16 in total, Dr Macnab spoke in depth about a few, including feelings, focus, fantasy, friendship, flourish and of course, fun. Dr Macnab’s explanations of their relevance to older men clearly resonated with his audience.
Coordinators of programs that received 2009 Strength Training for Older People Innovation Awards, Heather Chapman (City of Yarra) and Warren Faneco (Ballarat Community Health) then offered some practical strategies to engage groups that many of us would consider to be ‘hard to reach’. Adrian Holdsworth (YMCA) provided an update on the Active Ageing Network, a joint initiative of the YMCA, COTA and the Victorian Government Office of Senior Victorians. Stephanie Harper also spoke about the priorities for Living Longer Living Stronger™ and COTA’s other physical activity work into the future.
The focus for the afternoon was very much on the practical with repeat sessions on kettlebells and functional flexibility. A third stream offered an opportunity to learn more about arthritis and how it can be managed in physical activity programs.
All sessions for which presentations were made available can be downloaded below.
Download the presentation by Heather Chapman, City of Yarra.
Download the presentation by Warren Ferneco, Ballarat Community Health.
Download the presentation by Stephanie Harper, Pyisical Activity Manager, COTA Vic.
Download the presentation by Adrian Holdsworth, Health and Wellness Program Manager, YMCA Victoria.
Download the presentation by Jo Charge, Arthritis Victoria.
2009 Living Longer Living Stronger™ Annual Conference
Strong bodies Strong minds Strong programs.
About 150 delegates attended the 2009 Living Longer Living Stronger™ Annual Conference.
Oliver Scott commenced by challenging participants to think about why we are encouraging older people to be active and the kinds of movement likely to be of most benefit. He argued that we should be incorporating more functional exercises that promote power and strength into our programs.
Oliver’s stimulating presentation was followed by the official conference opening by Minister for Senior Victorians, Lisa Neville, who then joined delegates for morning tea.
Professor Nalin Singh from the Centre for STRONG medicine at Balmain Hospital in Sydney provided an excellent update on the research the benefits of strength training for people with depression. His practical strategies for working with people with depression were particularly valuable.
A new Victorian Government initiative managed by the YMCA, working in partnership with COTA was introduced by Stephen Bendle. The Active Ageing Network (AAN) will support new and existing strength training programs with a new website and professional development activities. Stephen is keen to hear from anyone with suggestions or ideas in relation to AAN activities.
The afternoon concurrent sessions provided something for everyone, including updates from A/Prof David Dunstan on the importance of sedentary time as an independent risk factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes, and Professors Karen Dodd and Nick Taylor on strength training with people who have a range of disabilities.
Other options were some practical (and if the noise levels were any indication) fun workshops that built on Oliver’s presentation, focusing on functional exercises that can be done with minimal equipment. There were also sessions to assist in building on and promoting your Living Longer Living Stronger™ programs to your community. A sincere thank you to LLLS instructors Heather Chapman, Sally Clarke (a volunteer) Paula Todd, Warren Faneco and Pat Malone, Tim Neave from Duo Strength Training and also to Andrew Schneider from the Go for your life Community Education Team, for their highly valued contributions to what was a very successful conference.
Conference presentations can be downloaded below – all include presenters contact details.
Download the presentation by Oliver Scott.
Download the presentation by Associate Professor Nalin A Singh.
Download the presentation by Setphanie Harper/COTA.
Download the presentation by Stephen Bendle/YMCA.
Download the presentation by Associate Professor David Dunstan.
Download the presentation by Dr Karen Dodd & Professor Nicholas Taylor/La Trobe University.
Download the presentation by Pat Malone/Hawthorn Aquatic & Leisure Centre.
Download the presentation by Heather Chapman/Richmond Recreation Centre.
Download the presentation by Warren Faneco/Ballarat CHC.