COVID-19 and older people

The Centre for Ageing Better and The Physiological Society have produced a report: A National COVID-19 Resilience Programme.

The report says that home confinement in older people may cause: (i) cardio respiratory and metabolic deconditioning, (ii) insulin resistance, (iii) muscle loss and (iv) increased fat mass. In addition, social isolation may be worsened.

The report makes recommendations including a tailored exercise programme and broad interventions to support increased activity levels; optimising nutrition and embedding behaviour change.

Read the report here [opens in PDF]