7th April 2021
A new project, titled: “PERMANENTO – everyday functional exercise for older adults” is designed to help older adults to maintain the fundamental components of functional fitness. The main goal is to contribute to a broader perception of physical activity, especially its effects on the ageing processes and quality of life.
The author of the project, Katerina Machacova said: “I would like to help people of all ages to perceive exercise as an essential hygiene for the body, to help them understand the wider context in order to be able to live actively and responsibly for as long as possible.”
We will organize educational-exercise workshops tailored to the needs of the older adults. Participants will learn why it is so important to take care of one’s own body and what the benefits of exercise are. They will learn how to do so with regards to their own preferences, possibilities and current health status. The goal for each participant is to be independent in home exercise but at the same time nobody will be left without support. All participants will receive an access to the instructional videos with short routines designed to support fundamental components of functional fitness such as strength, flexibility and mobility. Furthermore, in each locality, we will offer training courses to encourage more active older adults to become authorized trainers of Permanento group lessons.
The project also includes long-term care facilities since an adequate physical activity is very beneficial for the residents. In this case, we will collaborate with social workers and carers. They will be offered accredited educational seminars and be provided with all the crucial information, instructions and exercise videos to be used in long-term care settings.
On 16 and 17 October 2023, the ILC Global Alliance held a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, co-chaired by Julie Byles and Margaret Gilles. The attendees included representatives from ILCs in Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the USA as well as the Secretariat.
16 and 17 October 2023
In June / July this year, Prof. Jaco Hoffman, Prof. Vera Roos and Dr. Rayne Stroebel visited the International Longevity Centre (ILC) in Singapore as members of ILC South Africa. The visit aimed to share common themes around socio-gerontology and to learn from examples in Singapore to establish a community for successful ageing.
ILC South Africa is pleased to announce that Rayne Stroebel has joined its leadership team as an Executive Member. He serves alongside Professors Sebastiana Kalula and Jaco Hoffman, based at the University of Cape Town and North-West University, respectively, who are ILCSA’s Co-directors. Retired Professor Monica Ferreira remains Honorary President of ILCSA.