Local U3A stands up for your bones Local U3A stands up for your bones
Paisley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members will remember this 5th November thanks to guest speaker Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi. Senior lecturer... Local U3A stands up for your bones

Paisley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members will remember this 5th November thanks to guest speaker Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi.

Senior lecturer Dr Mavroeidi from the University of Strathclyde is going to share that it’s never too late to keep your bones healthy whatever your age. Those watching her live zoom talk at 2pm will be invited to put their own questions and discuss these points further in small breakout rooms.

Local U3A chair, Kathy O’Donnell commented: “Many of our members are retired from full time work but not from living a full life. Dr Mavroeidi at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health has scanned all the latest research about bone density and aging.

“The evidence clearly shows that if we spend more time standing up than sitting down as we get older, this will strengthen our bones and help our balance. This is especially important for older people so that we know how best to exercise during the Covid 19 era.”

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi remarked: “The beneficial effects of regular weight bearing physical activity on bone health are well documented. What is currently emerging is evidence that breaking up prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting time) with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing, also has distinct health benefits for older people. During this talk, we will explore this topic further with particular reference to bone health.”

Founded in 1982, U3A is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.

There are 1,057 U3As with over 450,000 members with membership costing less than £20 on average per year and is open to everyone who’s no longer in full-time work.

For more details on how to watch this free live talk, please visit the U3A website: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley.

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