Older adults: Strength and balance for falls prevention

Thursday 10th May - 11:55-12:35

Many older adults are at an increased risk of falls, due to balance deficits and a reduction in muscular strength and power as we age.

This session will explore the latest evidence supporting the benefits of physical activity for falls prevention.

Louise Ansari, Director of Communications at Centre for Ageing Better

Day 2: 11:55-12:35 Evidence

Louise joined Ageing Better in June 2016 from Diabetes UK where she was Director of Prevention of Type 2 diabetes, having previously been Director of Communications at Diabetes UK between 2011-2014. Prior to this she had worked on communications and campaigns for a range of UK and international organisations dealing with health, social policy, and local services, including several years as Head of Communications at Lambeth Council, and as a media specialist at Which? Magazine, the Food Standards Agency, and the Health Education Authority. Louise is passionate about using communications to help improve lives.

The latest evidence

Professor Charlie Foster, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at University of Bristol

Physical activity: Supporting independence and social connection in older people

Dr Allison Smith, Head of Strategy and Development at Royal Voluntary Service