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Maximising mobility in older people when isolated with COVID-19

Davies, N; Frost, R; Bussey, J; Hartmann-Boyce, J; Park, S; (2020) Maximising mobility in older people when isolated with COVID-19. Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This rapid review focuses on how to minimise development of frailty in people who were previously mobile but are now house-bound due to Covid-19 isolation. There is a paucity of evidence on how to maximise mobility in older people who are isolated at home. This rapid review has four key messages: 1) There is some evidence that doing movement and exercise can reduce elements of frailty. 2) A mixture of resistance, strength and balancing exercises appear most effective in this population. 3) Adding a social element to exercise may improve adherence and motivation for exercise. This may also minimise risk of depression and anxiety which can worsen frailty. 4) There may be a role for technology to support exercise programs via e.g. internet, video games, media broadcasts or phone calls. The latter two will be of particular importance to the 29% of adults over 65 who do not access the internet.

Type: Article
Title: Maximising mobility in older people when isolated with COVID-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/maximising-mobility-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094045
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