A free app has been developed at The University of Manchester to help reduce the high risk of falls and physical decline in older people self-isolating during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
When used, the evidence based app - called Keep-On-Keep-Up- will help reduce the thousands of injuries – which are often serious and sometimes fatal - in the over 65’s caused by falls.
Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older people; costs to NHS exceed £2.3 billion and in US $50 billion per year according to NICE.
Around a third of people aged over 65 and half of people aged over 80 fall at least once a year.
Studies have shown that strength and balance based exercises reduce falls by up to 42%, yet levels of exercise are generally low without therapist input.