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A walk a day helps older adults keep mobile

29th May 2014
A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggested that older adults can remain mobile for longer by walking daily.

walking stick1The study followed 1,600  adult volunteers between the ages 70 and 89 who had an inactive lifestyle. They were picked because they were at risk of losing their independence through lack of mobility.

Participants were split into two groups, one walked 20 minutes a day whereas the other group remained inactive.

Over the long-term structured physical activity programme (two years), the older adults in the 'walking group' had an 18% lower risk of major mobility disability and were able to walk - without assistance - for 400 metres.

One of the study's researchers and a professor geriatric medicine at Yale University's School of Medicine, said: "Maintaining independence for older adults is both a public health and a clinical priority, and modifying lifestyle is an important approach to maintaining independence."

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Anonymous

Sunday 1st June 2014 @ 20:15

True. The only problem is people in this age group tend to be static for various reasons; one being the fear that they may fall and break a limb. If somebody, preferably of the family, can take a walk along with them, they would only be too happy. But then, who has got time to spare for them; we are too busy to think even of ourselves.


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