This video series aims to increase awareness of the importance of physical activities for older people and their families. Physical activities like standing up and sitting down, going up and down the stairs and walking around the house are crucial in ensuring the general health of older people. Physical activities also improve the immune system and enhance the strength of muscles, including the heart muscle. Regular physical exercise is one of the most important activities one can do to improve their general health and well-being. It can prevent or delay many conditions that may develop with age. It ensures the muscles are kept strong, and one can continue doing most of their day-to-day activities independently. These activities should complement other regular activities like walking and improving balance.

This work is part of the larger ambition of the MENARAH network to raise awareness of the needs of older people and their informal carers in the Middle East and North Africa by establishing a strong network of people interested in the topic across the region and internationally. This project was funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund.

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Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) at the LSHTM. She is a Co-Director of the PRUComm policy research unit. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and King’s College London in the UK and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Shereen is a demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her primary research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care. Shereen has previously worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics, long term care demand and migration within the UK and Europe and the implications on policy and practice.

Shereen has conducted extensive research on population ageing and its impact on long term care and health policy and practices in the UK, internationally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She has contributed to recent United Nations’ policy response to ageing in the region through collaboration with UN-ESCWA and directly providing expert consultations to several countries in the region including Turkey, Oman and Egypt. Shereen leads many large research projects on ageing and long-term care in the UK and contributes to a large project addressing responses to dementia in developing countries STRiDE. Shereen is the founder and lead of the MENARAH network.