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Active Ageing Week 2018

Active Ageing Week in Worcester, 24–28 September 2018

"The first to officially partner with ICAA to bring Active Ageing Week to the UK"

The University of Worcester is proudly hosting its first Active Ageing week through its association with the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA). Initiated in 2003, the week long campaign always runs in the last week of September and draws attention to successful ageing within all domains of life - physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. This year’s theme is Inspiring Wellness.

The University of Worcester is committed to health and well-being through inclusive sport and physical activity. Active Ageing Week at Worcester aims to:

  1. Celebrate active ageing         
  2. Connect older adults across Worcestershire to Seniors Physical Activity and Adapted sport sessions

The week will include public talks, workshops and physical activity taster sessions.

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University of Worcester, 24-28 September, 2018

To celebrate active ageing, the University of Worcester is hosting a week of free activities open to members of the public. The University is the first to officially partner with the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA) to bring the event to the UK.  The event is open to older adults aged 60+ and anyone else interested in finding out more about active ageing.     

The final programme can be downloaded here. This includes the background to the event, along with a full timetable to show dates and times of each session. 

A taster of the sessions is listed here: 

Guest Speaker

‘Growing old actively’  -  Alex Rotas, Professional photographer, speaker and writer, challenging ageism and celebrating activity in later life.

Public Talks

‘Challenging Loneliness’  -  Dr Alison Blank
‘Challenging Nutritional Myths’  -  Dr Alison Benbow and Dr Matt Cook
‘Active Leisure and gender differences’  -  Dr Gyozo Molnar


Meditation & mindfulness
Balance & Coordination
Seniors Fitness testing – see how your fitness compares to senior population averages


  • The Hive - The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
  • Riverside Building - University of Worcester, Severn Campus, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
  • University Arena - University of Worcester, Severn Campus, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN
  • University Sports Centre - University of Worcester, St Johns campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker

Alex Rotas, a retired academic and competitive tennis player, now helps redefine later life through her inspirational photographs of men and women being active in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond. Alex also speaks and writes about the new narratives of ageing challenging negative media and societal stereotypes of ageing.

We’re delighted to have Alex join us for her talk “Growing old actively” on Friday 28th September, 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start.

To see more of Alex’s work go to Alex Rotas Photography.

Photo Competition

Photo Competition


As part of Active Ageing week 2018, we’re holding a photo competition open to anyone over 16.

All you have to do is take a photo to represent what active ageing means to you and submit it following the guidelines outlined here – How to enter the photo competition.

The photo competition aims to showcase the multiple ways Active Ageing may take place in everyday life. Images should inform, engage and intrigue the public and offer a visual perspective on examples of Active Ageing. Participants are asked to submit a unique image, along with a short caption describing how the image reflects active ageing.

  • Competition closing date: 26 September 2018
  • Shortlisted entries notified by: 27 September 2018
  • Winners announced: Monday 27/28 September 2018
  • Awards Ceremony: Friday 28 September 2018 (in the afternoon)

NB Because the photography will involve a model, a consent form will need to be completed with each entry.

Prizes include

Winner – winner receives Amazon voucher and signed copy of “Growing Old Competitively” written and photographed by Alex Rotas.

Runner-up – runner-up receives Amazon voucher.

All entries will be displayed in a special exhibition in the University of Worcester Arena/Riverside Building.

All entries will also be exhibited throughout on Twitter @ActiveAgeingUW.

Get in Touch

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Active ageing research projects at the University of Worcester

Moving beyond 65: an evaluation of a seniors exercise programme     
Lead researcher: Dr Alison Blank

Relationships between between subjective age, trait affect, perceived health and physical activity in older adults.
Lead researcher: Dr Clare Rhoden

Effect of blackcurrant on physical and cognitive performance in older adults    
Lead researchers: Dr Matt Cook and Dr Jennifer Joyce

Exploring the process of physical activity engagement in Older Adults
Lead researcher: Dr Clare Rhoden

Assessing exercise related age stereotypes in older adults  
Lead research: Dr Clare Rhoden


For further information about these projects, and requests about PhD research projects,  please email: