UBC professor advocates the benefit of exercise for healthy aging

Regardless of disease and disability, a daily dose of exercise has a remarkable benefit on cognitive and physical abilities and health, at any age.  But, according to Dr. Gareth Jones, these benefits may be especially important for our senior populations.

Dr. Jones, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, at UBC Okanagan, will reveal the latest research from his lab on Parkinson’s disease, frailty and exercise to enhance and preserve physical function in a public talk at the Okanagan College as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series.

The presentation will take place at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus in the lecture theatre on Thursday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in a talk entitled Is Exercise the Medicine for Successful Aging?

Since 2008, under Dr. Jones’ guidance, the Healthy Exercise and Aging Laboratory (HEAL) group at UBCO has advanced the fields of exercise, prehabilitative and rehabilitative sciences toward understanding the subtle differences observed between men and women, as they transition through the aging process.

“Much of the age- and sex-associated differences observed between older adults can be associated with the aging and/or disuse of muscle and other mechanical tissues,” says Jones. “Therefore, exercise that strengthens muscle will restore and/or maintain physical function, regardless of age and/or sex. Exercise is the medicine for successful aging”.

Dr. Jones’ interdisciplinary research program targeting successful aging has both national and international reach and he is considered a leader in the field of exercise and aging, with specific interest in understanding the impact of frailty on physical function. He has over 50 scientific publications, 60 international and national conference presentations and has received national awards for his work in exercise physiology.

Admission to the lecture is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644. To subscribe or obtain more information visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.

Presented jointly by Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre, the Science in Society Speaker Series is sponsored by the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, Starbucks Coffee, Save on Foods, and the Vernon Morning Star.

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