Inactivity Is Widespread in Adults Age 50 or Older, Worsens with Chronic Conditions, CDC Says

September 23, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​More than one quarter of adults over age 50 get no exercise or physical activity beyond activities of daily living, increasing their risk of a host of chronic conditions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in the September 16, 2016, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The data, based on telephone polling of 304,129 adults age 50 or older, also revealed that inactivity increased with body mass index and the presence of certain conditions. Women were less likely to be active than men, as were non-Hispanic white adults compared with Hispanic and African American adults. Higher levels of education were associated with increased activity.

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