This video series aims to increase awareness of the importance of physical activities for older people especially during these times with COVID19 pandemic and the fact that most older people are staying at home more than usual. Basic 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. The third video focuses on physical training for people who were more active prior to COVID19 and are now not fully able to continue with their outdoor activities. It is aimed at older people and their carers.
The first video focuses on warming up and flexibility exercises. It is aimed at older people and their carers. The video includes some advice on reducing the chances of catching COVID19 by following simple instructions of basic hygiene and social distancing.
The second video focuses on simple physical exercised using weights or other items from around the house to use as weights.
The third video focuses on physical training for people who were more active prior to COVID19 and are now not fully able to continue with their outdoor activities.
This work is part of a larger project led by Professor Shereen Hussein at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. The videos are produced in collaboration with Sport Makers. The project aims to raise awareness of the needs of older people and their informal carers in the Middle East and North Africa through establishing a strong network of people interested in the topic across the region and internationally. The project is funded by the University of Kent, 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.