App will reduce high risk of falls during and after Lockdown
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. Current provision for digital strength and balance exercise resources generally have poor engagement with no means of tracking usage or progress. The app provides personalised strength and balance exercises with an animated in-app trainer called, ‘Wilf’. It also uses health literacy games to increase awareness of home safety, importance of hydration, and ways to improve bone health and nutrition.
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