Leading scientists call for a National Covid-19 Resilience Programme to keep older people healthy and resilient

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Public health agencies across the UK should launch a National Covid-19 Resilience Programme to support older people through the pandemic and to keep them...
healthy and resilient over the winter – say a leading group of scientists and clinicians.

The recommendation is made in a new report by 'The Physiological Society and Centre for Ageing Better'. The Expert Panel for the project brought together 20 leading scientists and clinicians, and is co-chaired by Professor Paul Greenhaff from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham.

Professor Greenhaff said: "With England now in its second lockdown it is likely that people across the country will be less physically active. Physical activity is an important factor in staying healthy and resilient and will help protect against risks from Covid-19.

"Lockdowns, while important to reduce transmission of Covid-19, can have a detrimental effect on both the physical and mental health of older people. These changes happen rapidly: within 3 days of not using muscles, people can experience significant decreases in muscle mass and quality which might be the difference of an older people being able to get out of a chair by themselves or not.

We are calling on public health agencies to urgently address this by launching a National Covid-19 Resilience Programme to support older people through the pandemic. Older people need clear, tailored guidance, about how to keep healthy and resilient, that covers physical activity, nutrition and mental wellbeing. Older people are facing this lockdown as the days are getting shorter and colder and therefore we must all re-double efforts to keep older people healthy."

New polling carried out by YouGov for the project…
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