Supporting physical activity among those living with dementia

Dr Justin Webb will be part of an expert advisory group for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Date: 25 March 2022

London Met’s Dr Justin Webb has been appointed to an expert advisory group for the Alzheimer’s Society, working to support those with dementia to exercise and stay active throughout their lives.

This comes through a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Sport England. The physical activity expert advisory group has been formed to provide expertise from a range of subject areas relating to dementia, physical activity, public health, behaviour change and evaluation.

Jenna Peel, Policy Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society explained, "The group will shape the development of their physical activity programme through exchanging knowledge, providing feedback, assuring the quality of outputs and championing the work externally, whilst advocating the promotion of physical activity for people affected by dementia.

"The group are excited to welcome Justin as a member to contribute his knowledge and experience as an expert in the field of physical activity for long term conditions."

Dr Webb said, "I am looking forward to supporting the Alzheimer Society to develop a strategy to support people living with Alzheimer's and their carers to improve health-related quality of life through physical activity. I am excited to work with a range of stakeholders including people living with Alzheimer's, their carers, service providers, other professionals and academics on this important project."

Dr Webb has been working in the field of public health for many years both as a practitioner and as a researcher. His former roles include working as the Director of the Centre for Workplace and Community Health at St Mary's University, and as a National Engagement Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, leading on the charity's healthy lifestyles programme. Justin leads the Public Health MSc programme at the University.

Justin Webb, a lecturer at London Met. Photo shows a man smiling.

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