Maintaining and improving muscle strength, bone health and balance through life is an important part of functional ability and ageing well. Maintaining and improving these things will help people to live independently for longer.
There is strong evidence that exercise reduces falls in older adults living in the community by a quarter.
There are two evidence-based balance and functional training programmes extensively used in the UK for prevention of falling: Otago and the Falls Management Exercise Programme (FaME).
Sheffield has a fragmented offer of falls prevention evidenced based exercise happening in the city at present with examples of great practise.
The programme team are completing a gap analysis of the pathway, linking services and making recommendations for the future.