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Professor. Dr Hans Hobbelen to deliver Paul Wagstaff Commemorative Lecture 2019

Physiotherapy: the ‘golden bullet’ to fight frailty

People are living longer, but we need to ensure we live well and physiotherapists have the ‘golden bullet’ to fight fraility. This will be the focus of this year’s Paul Wagstaff Commemorative Lecture, a free public lecture hosted by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), taking place on Monday the 9th of September in Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

21.5% of people aged 65 and over in Ireland are frail. We can prevent some damage to our bodies as we age with a healthy lifestyle and healthy nutrition, but cellular defects lead to an increase of inflammation and this accelerates the ageing process. This is where physiotherapists, have the golden bullet – as exercise and movement are anti-inflammatory!’.

This lecture will address the concept of frailty and the opportunities of physiotherapy to combat frailty. 

Lecture Details

Title: Physiotherapy: the ‘golden bullet’ to fight frailty

Date:Monday 9th of September

Location: Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts BuildingTrinity College Dublin

Time: 7.30pm

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Hans Hobbelen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands


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About Prof. dr. Hans Hobbelen

Hans Hobbelen (PhD, PT) started his career as a physiotherapist in a nursing home in the city of Eindhoven the Netherlands and stayed at this job for 22 years. In 2001, he received his master degree in human movement sciences. He received his PhD in 2010 on the topic of paratonia, a distinctive form of hypertonia in dementia.  This made him a leading scientist in the field of paratonia and movement disorders in dementia. He is currently professor in Healthy Lifestyle, Ageing and Health Care at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. Besides movement disorders in dementia his main field of interest is frailty, in specific the multi-dimensionality of Frailty. Dr. Hobbelen is currently the President of The International association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP, official subgroup of WCPT). He has been involved in the development of the master geriatric physical therapy in Utrecht (university of applied sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands) and the master Healthy Ageing professional at UAS Groningen. He is author/co-author of over 30 scientific articles, 5 book chapters and co-editor of the Dutch standard work on Physiotherapy in older people.

About the Paul Wagstaff Commemorative Lecture

The Paul Wagstaff Commemorative Lecture is a public lecture held every two years in memory of Dr Paul Wagstaff. Dr Paul Wagstaff was Director of the School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College, Dublin from 1980 until his death in 1989. His commitment to the development of physiotherapy in the University, in Ireland and within the European Union was outstanding. He was and is remembered for this vital and dynamic contribution to the evolution of the profession. This year's lecture will focus on the concept of frailty and the opportunities of physiotherapy to combat frailty.  There is no cost to attend the lecture.