Dance to Health

Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over 10% of ambulance calls are due to older people’s falls. After a fall, an older person is 50% likely to have seriously impaired mobility and 10% will die within a year. Falls destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence. Falls cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. The health system’s response has problems. Dance to Health has solutions.

  • Recruitment is a problem. The programmes are ‘dull as ditchwater’ (RCP Clinical Falls Lead). Dance to Health has waiting lists.
  • 60% who agree to join don’t complete. Dance to Health pilots are showing better retention.
  • Maintenance programmes are rare and, without them, improvements are lost in 12 months. Dance to Health offers maintenance programmes at no cost to the health system.

Dance to Health uses the two evidence-based falls prevention programmes, Otago and FaME. In 2016 through a partnership with Later Life Training, dance artists from Cheshire Dance, Dancing in Devon, Dance East, East London Dance and South East Dance were trained in Otago and FaME. Six pilots in London, Cheshire and Oxfordshire took place in partnership with dance organisations and Age UK, health and wellbeing centres, housing association and Jewish Care.

Thanks to to £2.3 million expansion programme, phase 1 roll out commences in England and Wales from October 2017. Dance to Health sessions will be taking place in Birmingham, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Swansea, Norfolk and Southend with support from regional Dance and Health partners.

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