MedEx Wellness - Novel Community-based Chronic Illness Rehabilitation Program, Dublin City University, Ireland
The Secretary General, Dr. Barratt had the pleasure of seeing first-hand the impact of the MedEx Wellness Program which is part of the suite of programs and courses of the Age-Friendly Dublin City University.
Hosting 600 participants a week, MedEx Wellness is one of the largest centres of its kind in Europe. It offers medically supervised exercise classes to participants living with diverse chronic illnesses. MedEx also provides educational classes and encourages peer support through social activities after classes.
The MedEx model utilizes the advantages of its university setting - excellent exercise facilities, skilled staff, volunteer students and a research infrastructure.
This unique location facilitates a 'living lab environment' for multi- and inter-disciplinary researchers and practitioners to collaborate and study its impact and implementation. Current projects include evaluating MedEx as a public health model, and developing a home-based programme.