Staying Steady

StayingSteadyLogoStaying Steady is a community-based exercise and education programme implemented city-wide in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as part of a strategy to prevent older people falling and preventing fractures.
Using a fitness instructor, older people exercise both in groups and with individual exercises at home; a physiotherapist also assesses them at home, looking at particular risks and needs, and referring them for more specialised help where needed.
It is just one programme using the Falls Management Exercise (FaME) intervention, which has been proven in the US and the UK, with a Random Clinical Trial (RCT) in the UK in 2008. Key parameters in the programme have been tested – for example, showing that the programme needs to be a minimum of 36 weeks, but the effects have been proven. For example, after 36 weeks, the fall rate in the exercise group was reduced by one-third. Over the entire study, which included a 50-week follow-up period, the fall rate was reduced by 54 per cent.
Preliminary results in Newcastle support these findings: “I went to the shops the other day and when I got there I realised I had forgotten my walking stick”
Falls and fractures account for around 4m hospital bed days a year in England, at an estimated annual cost of £2billion.