HARG academics present on helping older people stay active during lockdown

Academics from the Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) presented at the latest seminar by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

MICRA attended the MAHSC seminar on 30 June, presented by our colleagues Professor Chris Todd and Dr Annemarie Money from HARG, the event looked at helping older people stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown, and featured as a case study the Keeping Well at Home booklet.

The presenters stated that 25-66% of falls services closed down and/or moved online during the pandemic. This activity restriction can result in increased fall risk by contributing to deconditioning and functional loss.

They outlined work to make mobile/smartphone apps acceptable to older people. Via the use of positive messages, apps can work to promote activities amongst older people.

But the research team considered digital exclusion amongst some older people, how do we address this?

The conclusions of the research presented were:

  • Digital delivery is better than no delivery.
  • In the long term, digital will become more common and needs to be a careful and phased rollout.
  • Must ensure co-development work with older people so they are actively involved.

You can view the seminar presentations here:

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