The road goes ever on!

From Left to Right:
Dr Shawn Thistle, Founder & President of Research Review Service Inc., in Canada,
Dr Paul Dougherty, Diplomat from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopaedics,
Dr Lisa Killinger, Director of Diagnosis & Radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic, USA, Dr Killinger’s 82 year old mother Ruth,
Professor Brian Gleberzon, Principle lecturer of the Health Ageing, Technique System & Jurisprudences courses at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College,
British Chiropractic Association (BCA) council member Dr Jan Krir,
BCA President, Dr Richard Brown,
BCA Vice-President, Dr Matthew Bennett

With the impending UK release on 14th December of the new Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit: Part 1, ‘The Road Goes Ever On’, it felt like an appropriate title for this article as it forms a good analogy with the Continual Professional Development (CPD) that a Chiropractor is has to do. Our CPD is an annual requirement and like a road, it forms a journal called a ‘learning circle’ along which you travel developing new skills and gaining new knowledge. This is done through seminars and workshops held at various venues across the country aimed to help build and maintain ones professional status at the highest level.

Recently, I attended a weekend seminar held in Kenilworth, Warwickshire which was run by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) and entitled, ‘Wellness in an ageing population: The case for Chiropractic’. With 2012 being the ‘European Year of Active Ageing’ and like many of our European neighbours, it is felt that we are sitting on a demographic ‘time-bomb’ with estimates predicting that by the year 2030, approximately 25% of UK residents will be aged 65 and over. Currently, ten million people in the UK are over 65 years old which equates to more than the under 16’s. In a report in this Saturday’s EDP (October 20th) the new Health Secretary, Mr Jeremy Hunt, was talking about dementia and said that, “Norfolk is expected to become the oldest County in Britain in the next three years”. Chiropractors are therefore uniquely placed to treat this ageing population due to the diverse range of services we offer.

At the conference, guest speakers from prestigious Chiropractic colleges in the UK, America and Canada talked about a variety of age-related topics, including effective communication skills, differences in assessing older patients, advise on the maintenance of health, prevention of illness and injury, appropriate nutrition and exercise with a ‘get-up & go’ attitude.

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