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.
Founder and Director
Shereen Hussein is a Health and Social Care Policy professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.
Shereen Founded the MENARAH Network in 2019, through an initial grant from the Global Challenge Research Fund, UKRI. She is a medical demographer with expertise in ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care systems. Shereen regularly collaborates with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in policy and research focused on ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Shereen received her undergraduate degree in statistics and a postgraduate degree in computer science at Cairo University. She completed an MSc in medical demography at the London School of Hygiene and a PhD in quantitative demography and population studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.