NEW Cochrane Review: EXERCISE and FALLS PREVENTION (2019)

Its been eagerly awaited! And its here! To view the full document and download from the Cochrane Library. It confirms Sherringtons 2017 review, balance, functional and strength structured exercise programmes reduce both falls rate and number of fallers. Tai Chi may reduces both (evidence slightly less robust). Importantly it still states there is not enough…

Exercise and Osteoporosis. Expert Statement from the National Osteoporosis Society (Dec 2018)

In Dec, at the NOS Conference in Birmingham, an Expert Statement on Exercise and Osteoporosis was launched. Alongside some QUICK GUIDES, the statement is for professionals working with people with Osteoporosis and promotes the positive message of DO MORE. The evidence for maintaining bone health is mostly around weight bearing impact exercise and progressive strength…

GREEK TRANSLATIONS OF FFMOT, DEMENTIA AND PA RESOURCES

We are pleased to announce that the colleagues in Greece have translated some of our freely available resources for practitioners and older people. The Geriatric section of Panhellenic Physiotherapist’s Association and Prof Vasiliki Sakellari have translated the following:   Physical Activity Guidelines for Health of Older People (CMO Physical Activity Guidelines for Older People) Functional…

PSI sessions show significant social return on investment

Public Health England, in Jan 2017, published their Falls and Fractures Consensus Statement and confirmed that FaME sessions delivered by PSIs were cost-effective (PHE 2017). More recently, Gateshead Older People’s Assembly had independent research done on their return on investment (GOPA, 2017). “Gateshead Older People’s Assembly is a unique community-based organisation working with and for…

Falls and Fractures Consensus Statement (PHE) and Resource Pack for Commissioners

In January 2017, the member organisations of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG), hosted by Public Health England, published the ‘Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention’. This was aimed at local commissioners and strategic leads with a remit for falls and bone health and detailed key interventions, approaches to commissioning and…

Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service – EfS Instructor Led

The Stroke Association have initiated a new ‘Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service‘ where it signposts stroke survivors to evidence based exercise options. Clients must be referred by a health professional, such as their physiotherapist, GP, stroke specialist nurse or occupational therapist. The service provides a 12 week programme of exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors, to…

People living with dementia and physical activity “Having a conversation”

  This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Working with local Alzheimer Society Service User Review Panels (SURPs) in England, Bob Laventure had a series of informal conversations with people living with dementia about taking part in physical activity. They talked about their views, interests and experiences and the challenges they face in taking up and/or continuing a range…