Active Ageing Week 2019

ICAA Active Ageing week 2019 will take place from 1-7 October 2019. It brings together members of the public, University academics and students through a variety of activities all aimed at celebrating active ageing across Worcester. 

This is the 2nd Active Ageing week held by the University of Worcester in association with the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA)

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This year’s theme is “Active at any age”. The aim of the week is to promote active and successful ageing through education, information and opportunities. There are public talks, interactive workshops and physical activity taster sessions for you to take part in. 

The programme for the week can be located here.

Booking activities

You can book individual activities through our online booking system.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to the internet, you can make a booking by phoning 01905 855270 or 01905 542658.

Active Ageing at Worcester

The University of Worcester’s maxim ‘Inspired for life’ emphasises inclusion and this links to our underlying philosophy within Active Ageing. We believe that at any age we can be active and we hope to educate all about the benefits of physical activity throughout our lives and include people with opportunities for being physically active especially in later life. As such our Active Ageing maxim is “Active at any age”.

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Our Active Ageing initiatives encompass a wide range of staff from across the university and we work in collaboration with organisations across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The initiatives include the Seniors Physical Activity and Adapted Sports programme (SPAAS), active ageing research, public talks and our main annual event – Active Ageing Week. 

Our initiatives primarily focus on older adults but anyone who is in the second half of life (50+) or approaching retirement, then these initiatives and activities might be of interest to you. We are always interested in making connections. So if you are interested in Active Ageing and wish to get involved, or have an idea you wish to share, then do please get in touch – or 01905 855270.


Staff from a variety of disciplines are engaged with active ageing research including exercise psychology, sociology of sport and exercise, gender and identity, nutrition and occupational therapy. To find out more please visit individual staff profiles and the Gender, Identity and the Body research group.

Dr Clare Rhoden – Psycho-social factors associated with ageing and physical activity

Dr Jennifer Joyce – Effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults

Dr Alison Blank – Belonging and the meaning of physical activity for older adults

Dr Matt Cook – Nutrition and the effects of blackcurrant powder for older adults.

Dr Susie Scriven – Adapted sport and physical activity for older adults – policy and provision

Dr Gyozo Molnar – Socio-cultural factors associated with ageing and physical activity

PhD Student Deborah Tomkinson – Identity transformations: Exploring single, older women’s adjustments to physical ageing through participation in physical activity.

Gender Identity and the Body research group. 


Want to get more active?

Opportunities to get active at the University of Worcester 

There are lots of sessions across the week to join others and increase your physical activity. Activities range from badminton and netball to keep fit, circuits and seated exercise classes. Have a look at the programme of activities available HERE. 


Opportunities to get active across Worcestershire and Herefordshire

Try the Physical Activity Finder created by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire.


Active Ageing Week 2018

Attendees learnt about benefits of being active, gained nutritional advice, had a go at exercises to improve balance and coordination and were tested for their fitness levels. 

The finale, our guest speaker Alex Rotas, was inspirational. Her photos and the stories she shared through them made us open our eyes and reconsider our perceptions of ageing.

Reflecting on our week Alex said “I was honoured to be part of the final day of the University of Worcester’s Active Ageing Week in September 2018. What truly blew me away was the breadth of the activities on offer.” 

Here's what we got up to last year