JOIN Chairman receives the JOIN Office at the St John Day Care Centres in Newcastle

Newcastle, England, 23. February 2017

On Thursday 23 February 2017, Georg Aumayr, Head of Research at Johanniter International and at Johanniter Austria, visited St John Ambulance in Newcastle. The aim of this visit was to discuss possible future cooperation of local St John care centres within the My-AHA project (My Active and Healthy Ageing). JOIN Chairman Ian Mackenzie welcomed and introduced Georg Aumayr to the group of managers of the St John's Day Care Centres and also accompanied him to the Ashington Day Care Centre near Newcastle.

From left to right: Diane Moralee (Day Care Center Manager), Ruth Jalloh (SJA England - London HQ), Ian Mackenzie (JOIN Chairman), Linda Scarr (Day Care Center Manager), Claire Pengelly (Day Care Center Manager), Georg Aumayr (JOIN Head of Research)

Picture by Johanniter International

The My-AHA Project is aiming at providing frailty prevention trainings by combining physical, social and cognitive interventions on one single platform. The goal is to individualise interventions to the personal needs of the participants. As a project partner Johanniter Austria is in charge of coordinating the trials in countries with active presence of a JOIN member. In England the cooperation targets a trial group of around 40 people, contributing to the international randomised controlled trial group. By its active cooperation in the My-AHA project, St John Ambulance has proven once again its eagerness to engage in tackling pressing issues.

"I was very warmly welcome and it was a truly constructive time. These people are just great! I have experienced a professional but at the same time entertaining way of working together, when people were responsive to arguments and had a good feeling for what is possible and needed. Just the right mixture for reasonable innovation," Georg Aumayr summarised his visit.