Simple physical activity may help high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments

The AP (9/26, Neergaard) reports that research indicated “simple physical activity – mostly walking – helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they’d long been couch potatoes.”

TIME (9/26, Park) reports that investigators “followed more than 1,600 elderly adults who were mostly sedentary at the start of the study.”

The NPR (9/26, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that half of the study’s “participants got a health education program involving regular in-person sessions and some stretching exercises, while the other group was told to aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity as well as strength, flexibility and balance training both at the study’s facilities and at home.” Investigators “followed participants for about 2.7 years, and found that the physical activity program cut the amount of time that people spent with a ‘major mobility disability’…by 25 percent compared to the education program.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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