Mira Rehab

Preventing falls through fun and fitness

Falls are the main cause of accidental injury and death in older people. Half of all people aged 80 or over suffer a fall each year with the annual cost to the NHS estimated at over £2.3 billion.

Exercise is known to improve strength and balance, which can help to prevent at least a third of all falls, but many elderly people are unable or reluctant to attend physiotherapy classes or are in locations where these are not available or subject to long waiting lists. The University of Manchester and Mira Rehab collaborated to find an interactive digital health solution that would solve the problem.