MAHSC Seminar Series: Helping older people to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown

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Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is a partnership between The University of Manchester, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (part of the Northern Care Alliance) and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to unite leading healthcare providers with world-class academics and researchers.

In April 2020, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), part of Health Innovation Manchester, was officially designated by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement up to 2025. The MAHSC Seminar Series showcases the great discovery and clinical science being undertaken within Manchester and its impact on the health of the local population.

The series gives a local platform to the nationally and internationally renowned scientists of MAHSC to share their work with clinical, non-clinical, university colleagues, but also crucially members of the wider community seeking insight into innovations in the delivery of healthcare.

This month’s seminar was about: ‘Helping older people to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown’


Speakers included:

Chair: Professor Dame Nicky Cullum

Professor Chris Todd and Dr Annemarie Money


Professor Chris Todd presented findings from The Healthy Ageing Research Group. He highlighted a major consequence of having national lock-downs, due to COVID-19, many falls services were closed down, and inactivity led to an increase in falls.


Professor Chris Todd said: “The accepted view, at the moment, is that the COVID lockdowns are going to give us a deconditioning and rehabilitation pandemic of their own.”


Dr Annemarie Money discussed how these challenges were faced, including the publication and distribution of the ‘Keeping Well at Home’ booklet, as part of a larger well-being campaign across Greater Manchester.

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Helping older people to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown:

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