The BDA has joined other Allied Health Professional Bodies and charities including the Alzheimer's Society, Stroke Association and Age UK to create a new report "Moving Forward Stronger", calling on government to take urgent action to help those with long term conditions. Many people living with conditions such as Alzheimer's, cancer, frailty, stroke will have struggled to access support and rehabilitation during the pandemic and suffered deterioration as a result.
The report therefore calls on local and national government to take urgent action to:
The BDA Older People Specialist Group contributed a section to the report to highlight that nutrition and hydration are essential to any rehabilitation programme and vital for maintaining independence, wellbeing, quality of life and delaying functional decline. They can support rebuilding of muscle, maintenance of immune response and enable someone to participate in rehabilitation and independently manage activities. We called for three further specific actions to address the challenges of pandemic related decline: