RESEARCH: Liverpool Community Health Trust has published findings from its new research into the effectiveness of low-cost, community-based exercise programmes to help reduce the likelihood of falls in people aged over 65.

Undertaken with Liverpool John Moores University, the findings are the results of a year-long research study on the Trust’s Liveability service, which specialises in promoting the health and independence amongst older people.

The study found that participants had a 17 per cent reduced risk of falls immediately after the programme, and an 11 per cent reduced risk six months afterwards. Participants’ confidence in balance was increased by 7 per cent immediately after the programme, and by 4.8 per cent six months afterwards.