Navigation Links
Elderly at risk for physical disabilities exercise, improve physical function
Date:12/17/2007

Elderly adults at risk for physical disabilities are able to adhere to a regular program of moderate exercise for one year, a recent study of 213 men and women suggests. Led by corresponding author Roger Fielding, Ph.D., of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University, the authors observed that improvement in physical function was related to the participants ability to adhere to the physical activity regimen.

At the beginning, middle and end of the study the participants were tested on their walking speed, strength, flexibility and balance to gauge their physical function, said Fielding, director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA. We saw a greater improvement in physical function in the participants who reported exercising 150 minutes or more per week.

The study, published in the November issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, analyzed data from the physical intervention arm of the Lifestyle Intervention and Independence for Elders Pilot (Life-P). The participants ranged in age from 70 to 89 years-old, were sedentary when they enrolled, had health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, and some physical limitations such as difficulty walking or climbing stairs. They followed a moderate exercise program that consisted of walking, strength, flexibility, and balance training.

For the first six months of the study, the participants exercised under supervision at one of four university centers and at home. Center visits were optional during the second six months. The participants filled out surveys to track their adherence to the physical activity regimen during the center visits and at home. The authors observed that physical activity adherence was consistent with earlier studies that followed older adults for shorter durations.

A future randomized trial would study a larger population of elderly for a longer period of time. Larger studies are needed to confirm that exercise can improve physical function in elderly at high risk for physical disabilities, said Fielding, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and School of Medicine at Tufts University. What we found, however, is that this group can commit to a regular program of physical activity in a long-term randomized trial and the better their adherence to a program of physical activity the greater their improvements in physical functioning.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Grossman
617-636-3728
Tufts University, Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Gene Tied to Post-Op Delirium in Elderly
2. Chinas 1-child policy could backfire on its elderly
3. Divorce foretells childs future care for elderly parent
4. Brain atrophy in elderly leads to unintended racism, depression and problem gambling
5. Planning for 2020: increasing elderly population poses huge challenges in cancer care
6. NIH scientists describe ways to better assess benefits of influenza vaccine in the elderly
7. Survey reveals ignorance and confusion about cancer amongst the elderly
8. Colorectal cancer screening remains essential for elderly Americans
9. Evotec Reports Positive Top-Line Results in Phase II Study With EVT 201 in Elderly Insomniacs With Daytime Sleepiness
10. Elderly Medicare, Medicaid patients not receiving quality care
11. Most Elderly Dont Get Good Medical Care: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... There is no better ... according to a special report in the May issue of Consumer Reports focused on ... quality ranking for results achieved during and after coronary bypass and aortic valve replacement ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... the continuation of its strategic partnership with and platinum sponsorship of Global Spine ... the safe and effective management of complex spine deformity cases, particularly in children. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities at Telehealth 2.0, the American Telemedicine Association’s ... bundles, which pairs medical devices with a pre-programmed tablet in a remarkably easy-to-use ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The Santana Telehealth Project ... 2017: Telehealth 2.0 — the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference, on April 23 in ... for using telemedicine to improve the lives of the poor and underserved in other ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... As part of ... today to honor the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution, Center for ... Hadamar and Auschwitz on its CMATH Champions trip to Germany and Poland next week. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... India , April 19, 2017 ... and Application, Forecast to 2022 report has covered and analysed ... statistics and information on market size, shares and growth factors. ... major drivers, challenges and opportunities in the global market. ... Browse 152 Tables and Figures, ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017  Novartis today announced the publication of ... and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes ... with treatment-naïve severe aplastic anemia (SAA) achieved complete ... at the initiation of and concurrently with standard ... sequential treatment groups, or cohorts. Cohort 3 added ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... DALLAS , April 18, 2017 Viverae ... proud to announce the integration of IBM ® ... platform to deliver targeted communications for a personalized experience. ... meaningful actions on their health in real time. The ... that matter most to members, wherever they are in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: