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The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age

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Newcastle University , The University of Sheffield and University of Liverpool via FutureLearn

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This free online course has been developed by the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing, a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. On this course, you’ll learn why our bones, joints and muscles function less well as we age, and discover how best to live well as we get older.

This course is designed for patients, carers and people who lead active lives and would appreciate knowing how their lifestyle is likely to affect their long-term health. It may also inspire you to study or research musculoskeletal ageing. No previous biological experience is needed.

This course will also be ideal for those from a non-biological background who may be interested in studying or researching musculoskeletal ageing at postgraduate level. For more information see our MRes and PhD training pages on our web site.

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Michael Trenell, Peter Grabowski and Lesley Iwanejko

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4.7 Based on 58 reviews

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Veronica M
5.0 a month ago
Veronica completed this course.
I'm 62 years old and terrified of getting older with no information about this process.

I 'm in very good health and I feel young and so far nothing changes regarding my energy to do things.

I'm single and have been waiting to be retired to learning everything I never had a chance to do before.

This course was a tremendous help to understanding exactly this ageing process that I was so afraid.

My roommate, she is a nurse had surgery for pancreatic cancer and has HIV. She lost all her muscle mass. I needed more than goodwill.

With the information, I got from this course I'm able to help her in the process of recovery.

Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge on the subject.

Looking forward to learning much more.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course seems to be an awareness course so deftly designed, without going into the complex technicalities, that it was just like a thriller. Enjoyed the conversation with course mates, educators, mentors. The bottom lines of research were given to the participants in so lucid a language. The key word that I got : (i) activity, (ii) balanced diet. I am sharing this with my family members, friends.

I have seen that cows, buffaloes, goats, etc, having high emotions, get so terrified while taken for slaughtering, that some type of toxicity must have been generated by their body system to save them from danger. Can there be a study on this aspect. Can CIMA undertake a study? Thank you all.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very informative and easy to understand. Made me more aware of the interlinking of these systems and what they need to continue functioning well. I do think that in sections on physical activity it would be helpful for some acknowledgement for disabled students and suggestions at integrating activity into their lives when they cannot join a gym, walking club etc. I found it quite frustrating as someone who is limited in their physical capacity to be urged to exercise. In some ways lack of acknowledgement made me feel as if I am a bit written off. Sorry if this sounds a bit "snowflake"
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Bernard N
4.0 2 months ago
Bernard completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found the course interesting in that it provided a formal fabric for aging that I essentially knew. What it did is add to the essential discipline we need in terms of diet and exercise. I am fortunate that I have the financial resources to buy "good" food, including fruits, fish, nuts, and so on. I avoid sugars like the plague and also saturated fats. My medical provider provides a free gym membership. I live in the USA, where obesity is a chronic problem, even in the young. I am slightly overweight. My goal? A BMI of 25 or below. That wasn't discussed. It should have been.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Found the course valuable as I am 68 and naturally concerned about ageing. I am in good health, have a physical job and eat well most of the time, but I realise I have to be much more aware of what I eat and how much exercise I do. I am not in a health profession and have no interest from a CPD point of view, but I think it is important for all of as we age to make sure we remain as fit as possible. The course has 'concentrated my mind' a little more. Thank you for offering it.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is excellent, as all the FutureLearn courses seem to be. You learn how body systems ( skeleton, muscles, digestion) work together , how the body ages and the significant efforts you can make to keep yourself fit and active.

There are some complex descriptions of various functions, but they are not overwhelming, as they are interspersed with more straightforward discussions and videos.

I enjoyed reading other peoples' comments, all in all very enjoyable and informative.
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Gulnara G
5.0 2 months ago
Gulnara completed this course.
This course was organized very well from the beginning to the end. Excellent videos and information to take into consideration for everyone. I like the course very much, than you our mentors and all educators!

Just want to review it more to stay healthy and get the right nutrition foods. It’s somehow a little short but great course! Thank you so much again, and good luck to everybody who put their efforts to bring this lovely course to us!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I thought the course was excellent, very informative about the need to do some exercise, whatever you can manage of course, basically " if you don't move it, you lose it" Great advice about the sort of foods to eat, at any age, but more specifically as we age. Because I'm on a fixed income I'm not able to Upgrade, so I down loaded some of the videos & printed off some of the articles.

Thanks again for a great course.

Best regards,

Jim
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting. The three areas of interest fitted well together. Have recommended it to an NHS forum on weight control and will be recommending it to my U3A. All aGPs should know of its exitance.

Although I knew a fair bit on nutrition the other two areas - the MS system and importance of activity helped me focus and plan better for the future. Thank you.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course valuable in confirming what I suspected about ageing. Importance of exercise,diet etc. But giving explanations of changes taking place as we age.

I am almost 87 and at the time being I am very well. I wish to remain that way.

The course encourages me.

I am hoping to continue studying with course on Ageing and Falls
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It has been a great course because I have learnt a lot about our body function and the processes related to aging. Therefore, I got a vital information from this course which is people, specially older people, should consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals in order to enjoy a healthy life later in elderly ages.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed the course, especially learning about current research. I have a better understanding of bone health and am no longer relying on tablets ( calcium, vitamin D and alendronic acid). I am reassured that my diet is fine but I now regularly run and do resistance exercises.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course contained not only academic information but some practical guidance as to what individuals could do to help themselves as they aged. Interviews with patients who were experiencing difficulties but who had a positive attitude to dealing with these problems was very revealing. A very informative and worth while course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has been superbly put together and is both highly informative and practical. I found it outstanding and would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the musculoskeletal system, particularly as it is presented in a non scientific and truly understandable way in which everyone can take part.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Interesting and informative course. A lot of scientific explanation but well balanced with practical explanations and opportunities to contribute one's own experiences and questions and learn from others. So even if I'm a bit hazy on the biology still, it's given my valuable pointers about exercise and nutrition.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
My wife is having osteoporosis, and is on medicine. Doctors haven't prescribed any exercise. Your course has given me the confidence that her disease may be reversed through balanced diet, Vit D, right kind of exercise for musculo skeletal toning up. A model exercise for vegan people will be of great help.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I learned more about how to prevent frailty on this course than on any of the positive ageing courses I've done. I now know that maintaining my muscular skeletal health is pivotal to a healthy, active and long old age. Fascinating, thank you to all involved in making and maintaining the course.

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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course links what we have probably always thought - the importance of exercise and a balanced diet. It portrays in easily understandable videos and articles the whys and wherefores without getting too technical and full of jargon. I am really glad to have been able to take part in the course.
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Cathy K
5.0 a month ago
Cathy is taking this course right now.
Full of detailed and very accessible information based on the latest research into musculoskeletal health. The course clearly demonstrates how combining the most appropriate types and levels of exercise with the best nutrition can clearly help us to maintain our best possible health into old age.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is excellent for learning about how to stay active and what the implications are of having a good diet and the importance of exercise. I always thought I was active enough but through this course I know I need to do more resistance exercise.
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