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Raising the bar on strength and balance: the importance of community-based provision

Despite common misconceptions, falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and can be prevented.

Although there are some NHS rehabilitation services that provide strength and balance programmes, these are often of limited length, making it essential that there are effective community-based strength and balance programmes in their local areas to move on to.

This Centre for Ageing Better report, co-authored with the University of Manchester’s Healthy Ageing Research Group, shows a need for sustained, targeted funding for community-based programmes, with affordable, accessible and proven options available for everyone.