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Listen: The importance of avoiding a 'deconditioning pandemic'

Published on 30 July 2020 04:45 PM

“Lockdown brought an abrupt end to exercise classes, walking sports and outdoor activities. It became increasingly difficult for older people to stay mobile, and we know the negative impact sedentary behaviour can have on physical health.”

Although lockdown measures continue to ease, health professionals have warned that a ‘deconditioning pandemic’ could leave us more vulnerable to a second wave of coronavirus. But what does that mean for older people who have faced significant challenges to both physical and mental wellbeing and how can we protect against it?

Listen as Age Scotland’s Chief Executive Brian Sloan joins Dr. William Bird on BBC Radio Scotland’s Mornings with Jackie Brambles show for a discussion on the longer-term impact lockdown is having on older people’s health and wellbeing, and the importance of staying mobile and active as the spectre of a possible second wave looms.

Avoiding a 'deconditioning pandemic'

BBC Radio Scotland interview: Brian Sloan discusses the long-term effects of lockdown on older people's health and offers advice for those feeling anxious about being out and about more.

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