Every year, one third of older people fall and in London alone these account for a tenth of ambulance call outs. Falls result in injuries, some serious and occasionally fatal, and besides the misery caused, they result in a £2 billion financial burden to the NHS.
The students, Sophie Thomas and Megan Groombridge, studying BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the university’s Eastbourne campus, are visiting St Margaret’s Care Home in Eastbourne with their exercise programme ‘Fitness Fights Falls’ which improves strength and balance.
Sophie said: “Our lecturer Robert Harley mentioned the opportunity to set up a falls prevention programme in one of our first year lectures. We started to realise the magnitude of the problem and this inspired us to apply for a grant and apply our knowledge from our degree into a real life setting with the potential to better our local community.”