Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

Centre for Ageing Better, February 2019

This report by the Centre for Ageing Better and the University of Manchester’s Healthy Ageing Research Group shows a need for sustained, targeted funding for community-based strength and balance programmes.  Despite common misconceptions, falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and can be prevented. Although there are some NHS rehabilitation services that provide strength and balance programmes, these are often of limited length, making it essential that there are effective community-based strength and balance programmes in their local areas to move on to.  The report presents possible models of delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions. It focuses on community-based strength and balance programmes targeting all older adults and includes evidence-based programmes to reduce falls.

Click here to view the full report.