Sheffield Hallam University Awarded £300k from UKRI for Healthy Ageing Project

Sheffield Hallam University Awarded £300k from UKRI for Healthy Ageing Project

Posted: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 11:40

Sheffield Hallam University Awarded £300k from UKRI for Healthy Ageing Project

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded £300,000 for a healthy ageing project that will address some of the barriers faced by older adults who struggle to participate in traditional exercise.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded project is being delivered in partnership with Innerva, a Yorkshire-based provider of power-assisted exercise equipment for people who struggle with conventional exercise. The total funding for the project is £1.1 million.

The research team will spend the first six months working with older adults to understand their motivators and barriers to exercise, while also working with private and public sector providers to determine their challenges in engaging with older adults. The project will last 24 months. The findings of the research will inform the launch of new solutions, the first of which is anticipated to protype in November.

The UK is an ageing society. By 2035, more than half of adults in the UK are expected to be 50 or over and the number of people aged 85+ is projected to double by 2050*. Yet, the number of years people live in poor health is also increasing. Being physically active is one of the most effective ways to improve quality of life in later years, but the UK leisure sector has failed to engage with older adults at scale.

Tags: Healthy Ageing, Insight, Research, Shu