Structured Physical Activity Program Reduces Major Mobility Disability

June 6, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Older adults, particularly those who are not initially physically active, can experience significant reduction in major mobility disability when they participate in a structured program to increase their physical activity, according to a study published May 27, 2014, by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The project included 1,635 individuals between 70 and 89 years old described as "sedentary" but able to walk 400 m. Half of the participants participated in an activity program consisting of moderate-intensity aerobic, resistance, and flexibility training activities; the remaining participants took part in a health education program that included workshops and upper-extremity stretching.

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