Older people helping Wigan improve their leisure offer for strength and balance

In September 2017, a collaboration (Glasgow Caledonian University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Wigan Council, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and LLT) received funding from the Wellcome Trust to explore whether improvements could be made to leisure and health programmes aimed at middle-aged and older adults in Wigan Borough, using engagement with scientific research as a foundation for making…

FaME (PSI) Implementation Toolkit for Commissioners published

Implementation toolkits are a useful resource for commissioners and providers of services. They reduce the labour needed in the commissioning process and have the benefit of being derived from best practice across localities. This toolkit, for the Falls Management Exercise (FaME) programme, has been developed from programmes that were effective and had high programme fidelity…

Public Health Wales – Guidance on recommending exercise for older people to reduce risk of falls (2019)

This guidance is intended for anyone who works with or supports older people living in the local community, as these people are most likely to gain from strength and balance training (NICE 2013). It includes information that will help to:- • understand why physical activity is important for older people at risk of falling •…

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). Cochrane Review Images Importantly it still states there…

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

In Dec, at the ROS 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…

Referral Schemes to promote physical activity – NICE issues updated guidance

NICE PH54 guidance was reissued this September (2014). This guideline makes recommendations on exercise referral schemes to promote physical activity for people aged 19 and older. It is an update of recommendation 5 in ‘Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity‘ (NICE public health guidance 2). It focuses on exercise referral schemes that try…

Care…about physical activity. An article about physical activity promotion and engagement in care homes

Edith Macintosh and our very own Bob Laventure, have just published an article in “Working with older people” called “Care … about physical activity” in care homes in Scotland”. You can view the article online here, or download the article here. The purpose of this paper is to outline an approach being taken, to improve…

Functional Fitness MOT training – Impact Assessment 2014

The BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health have published their first year impact assessment on the Functional Fitness MOT training run in conjunction with Later Life Training and Glasgow Caledonian University. Download it now – Functional Fitness MOT impact assessment_GCU_LLT_BHFNCPAH_2014. The headlines are: The Functional Fitness MOT training programme has to-date reached over…

NICE issue new guidance on individual behaviour change

This guidance makes recommendations on individual-level behaviour change interventions aimed at changing the behaviours that can damage people’s health. It includes a range of approaches for people aged 16 and over, from single interventions delivered as the opportunity arises to planned, high intensity interventions that may take place over a number of sessions. The guidance…

Age UK publish EXPERT SERIES on Falls Prevention – for commissioners and policy makers

Document Title: Falls Prevention Exercise – following the evidence Document Purpose: To explain the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. Target Audience: Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health professionals, commissioners of care services, health and care service providers,…