ISCA Secretariat: Vester Voldgade 100, 2, DK-1552 Copenhagen, Denmark - CVR 29 50 05 41 Tel: +45 29 48 55 51 / [email protected]


Slow swimming and brain training feature on interactive MOVING Age conference programme

ISCA’s MOVING Age network partners and other organisations with an interest in promoting active and healthy living among elderly people will meet from 20-22 May 2016 in Trieste, Italy, for the second MOVING Age conference. Registration will remain open until 15 April (or until the capacity of the seating is reached), and the participants can expect an exciting programme that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices and take them to one of the most popular facilities for the elderly in Italy.


The conference is being organised by MOVING Age partner Lunga Vita Attiva in collaboration with the Federal Centre of the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN) in Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Lunga Vita Attiva and FIN are partners in the EU-supported Lifelong Swimming project for seniors.


The opening day will be hosted by the regional government of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the Palazzo della Regione with an additional 80 representatives from regional organisations involved in active and healthy aging also taking part. Regional politicians and ISCA president Mogens Kirkeby will give opening speeches at the event.

The question of “How to promote and implement active ageing in Europe” is the challenging overall theme of the conference. Four examples from different European countries will be presented during the conference to offer potential solutions, and the presenters will open the floor to further debate on the topics.


The conference programme on Saturday will be organised at the Bruno Bianchi swimming pool, which was the venue for the H2 Open Day for over 60s this year and other Lifelong Swimming project activities. Bringing the conference outside of its traditional setting and into a facility that is popular among elderly in Italy will set a lively tone for an exchange of knowledge and practices in an interactive workshop. The MOVING Age partners will present new developments in physical activity programmes for the elderly, exploring how to approach special target groups and to get the most out of new research findings.


Special attention will be given to the topic of brain training through physical activities. Olga Puccioni, a young cognitive neuroscientist and coordinator of SISSA’s (the International School for Advanced Studies) outreach activities, will introduce us to brain maintenance through physical, social and cognitive stimulating activities and give examples of exercises.


The interactive workshop “Fundraising instruments and opportunities for active ageing projects”, led by ISCA Development Director Kai Troll will provide valuable information on establishing strategic fundraising goals that can capitalise on an organisation’s knowledge and expertise.


The conference will conclude with practical activities. Given the aquatic setting of the conference, water activities for elderly people will be at the centre of attention. The well-known expert of “Aqua Fitness”, our partner Mimi Adami-Rodriguez, and instructors from the hosting member Lunga Vita Attiva will take the lead in MOVING the participants. Staff from FIN will then introduce the participants to Slow Swimming and Senior Sincronette techniques in an interactive workshop.


Advocacy and cross-sector partnerships are key elements of successful initiatives promoting active and healthy living for elderly people. The MOVING Age conference will focus on this issue in the final session on Sunday. ISCA president Mogens Kirkeby will introduce the topic, drawing on his extensive experience in physical activity advocacy. The MOVING Age partners will add their knowledge and experience from local and national initiatives.


The conference is open for all individuals and organisations interested in promoting physical activities for elderly people. The preliminary conference programme and registration details can be found below and on the MOVING Age webpage


MOVING Age conference, Trieste, Italy (PDF, 73.03 KB)

Preliminary programme (to be confirmed) (PDF, 0.42 MB)