A Senior in Motion Stays In Motion
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:39 AM

Vulnerable seniors were more likely to maintain their ability to get up and move around after taking part in a moderate-intensity physical activity program compared with participation in health education workshops, researchers reported. "Over the long haul, reducing sedentary behavior in middle age would mitigate issues seen in the study," The study author said. But in the grand scheme of things "Exercise is the silver bullet" for good health.

"These results suggest the potential for structured physical activity as a feasible and effective intervention to reduce the burden of disability among vulnerable older persons, in spite of functional decline in late life."

Participation in moderate-intensity physical activity several times a week reduced both chronic and acute incidents of major mobility disability compared with health eduction programing in a group of vulnerable seniors, 14.7% versus 19.8% and 30.1% versus 35.5% respectively.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/ExerciseFitness/46003