Getting Active Through Exercise (GATE) -
Exercise to Promote Health & Prevent Falls in the Over 65’s
This project is aimed solely at the older population in Manchester in line with the National Service Framework for Older People (Standard 6 – Falls and Standard 8 – Improving General Wellbeing) and guidance from the National Institute for Health & Clinical Evidence (NICE). Currently, there are no other exercise providers who focus exclusively on the over-65. The project addresses the gap in existing exercise provision by offering a variety of exercise types to address the deterioration in the muscular and motor function of older people and prevent falls.
The criteria for entry to the project is as follows:
- All Manchester residents over the age of 65;
- Non-Manchester residents over the age of 65 with a Manchester GP
Exclusion from participation exists where exercise would be detrimental to health e.g;
- uncontrolled resting blood pressure;
- uncontrolled angina;
- uncontrolled tachycardia;
- unstable or acute heart failure;
- uncontrolled visual or vestibular problems;
- unable to maintain a seated upright position;
- recent injurious fall with receiving attention;
- impaired cognition;
- would place self or others at risk.
Participants are asked to fill in a Safe To Exercise consent form before beginning any activity through the GATE project.
If there is a disclosed pre existing medical condition that could prevent participation, but is believed to be controlled or not significant enough to warrant exclusion, then a PAR-Q form is to be used and consent to exercise from the GP of the participant will be sought before any exercise can be undertaken as part of the GATE Project.