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Title: Lifestyle Matters

Lifestyle Matters
  • Gail Mountain and Claire Craig
  • Sheffield Hallam University

  • You didnt give me a new lease of life you gave
    me back my life
  • Jean

Considering the Evidence
The Well Elderly study Lifestyle
Redesign University of Southern
California Clark et al 1997
Findings of a randomised controlled trial
  • Significant benefits for individuals
    participating in Lifestyle Redesign across a
    number of health, function and quality of life
  • Findings of social group (control)
  • Results of six month follow up

Questions raised
  • Would older people living in the UK want and
    benefit from a programme of this nature?
  • What would a Lifestyle Redesign intervention
    look like and who could deliver this?
  • What might the practical issues be in terms of
    establishing a programme and inviting people to

The present study
The programme
  • The underlying philosophy - understanding the
    relationship between activity, health and
  • Designed and directed by older people

The success of the programme
  • A model of preventive health

Didactic teaching
Peer support
Older person as the expert
Preliminary findings
  • Older people living in the UK do want a programme
    of this nature
  • Individuals participating in the programme have
    taken significant steps to achieving their
    individual goals

The principles of Lifestyle Redesign
  • Rather than focusing on the delivery of
    individual activities or interventions Lifestyle
    Redesign takes a wider approach believing that
    positive changes can only be sustained if they
    are embedded within what a person does on a day
    to day basis.

What older people have said about the programme
I've learnt to appreciate life as it comes
I now have a more independent attitude
I have learnt to know my capabilities
It is constructive not like other groups
Everyone should have the opportunity to come to a
group like this one
I've discovered that I am not alone
A Journey of Discovery The experiences of
individuals taking part in the study
  • Taking steps towards change
  • Reframing the experience of growing older

A Journey of Discovery Our experiences
  • New partnerships
  • Revisiting community
  • Challenging existing models of health care
  • Hearing about the importance of language
  • Doing and being

Lessons to take forwards
  • Complexities of taking the first step
  • Practicalities
  • Continue to challenge preconceptions about what
    growing older means
  • Older people hold many of the answers
  • Danger of limiting lives of older people the
    story of Jean

  • Clark F, Azen S, Zemke, R, Jackson, J, Carlson,
    M, Mandel, D, Hay, J Josephson, K, Cherry, B
    Hessel, C, Palmer J and Lipson, L (1997)
    Occupational Therapy for independent older living
    adults a randomised controlled trial. Journal
    of the American Medical Association, 278,

To contact us
  • Dr. Gail Mountain, Director of Centre for Health
    and Social Care Research Sheffield Hallam
    University Tel 0114 225 5759
  • E-mail
  • Claire Craig, Senior Lecturer and Researcher,
    Sheffield Hallam University Tel 0114 225 2586
  • E-mail
  • Or do visit our website at

Lifestyle Matters Goes to Europe
  • Participating Countries-
  • Belgium
  • Georgia
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • The UK England and Scotland

Project Aims
  • To develop culturally relevant versions of a
    lifestyle redesign manual for each of the
    participating countries
  • To involve older people and occupational
    therapists in the validation of the content of
    country specific manuals
  • To use the work as a basis for exchange regarding
    in occupation across different countries

Project Aims cont
  • To develop a comparative study of the use of
    lifestyle redesign for older people across Europe
  • To use the process and outcomes of the work to
    develop a range of materials for undergraduate
    and post graduate occupational therapy education
    across Europe

What have we achieved so far?
  • An abstract accepted for the WFOT conference,
    Sydney 2006
  • First draft produced of a comparative paper by
    all partners The Ageing Population in Six
    European Countries How should occupational
    therapy respond?
  • Progress made with individual goals in each of
    the participating countries

Progress in the Netherlands
  • Cooperation between the three Dutch Hogenscholen
  • Involvement of the professional body
  • Congress in November 2005 in partnership with

Next Steps
  • Produce map of existing preventive programmes
  • Ask experts in gerontology and older people to
    comment upon a description of the intended
  • Make preparations for the pilot
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