Healthy ageing case study: Alex Jenkins

Alex Jenkins is in the third year of his PhD at the University of Lincoln 

Alex Jenkins has seen first-hand as a physio assistant how exercise can benefit patients with chronic lung disease. “Patients have told me that they experienced fewer – and less severe – chest infections following pulmonary rehabilitation, a well-established exercise and education-based intervention. The reasoning behind this was unclear, so this experience inspired me to take up research in this area,” he said. 

Now in the final year of his PhD at the University of Lincoln, Alex’s research not only aims to enhance knowledge but also the quality of life in patients with chronic lung disease as a way of preventing and managing chest infections through non-pharmacological therapies. The long-term effect of research in this area could have significant implications for healthcare delivery and commissioning. 

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