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Can exercise reduce the risk of older adults developing a physical disability?

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According to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date, results have shown that excercise, including walking can significantly reduce the risk of the elderly becoming physically disabled.  

Dr. Marco Pahor, the director of the Institute on Ageing at the University of Florida stated that “For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people.”

Studies have found a strong correlation between physical activity in advanced age and a longer, healthier life. But such studies can’t prove that exercise improves older people’s health, only that healthy older people exercise.

It is suggested that older adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity throughout the week. Older adults with poor mobility, should perform physical activity 3 or more days per week to enhance balance and prevent the risk of falls. A spokeswoman for Arthritis Research UK said: “Exercise and keeping active is one of the best things that people can to do keep themselves and their joints and muscles strong and healthy.”

At Right at Home we can support you or your loved one to continue to do the things you enjoy, while feeling safe and secure and enjoying the independence and comfort of living at home. Our carers can provide services that could enable your loved one to fight back against the further effects of ageing, both physical and mental.


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