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Fear of Frailty: Research Shows Lack of Activity Threatens Seniors' Independence
Date:2/2/2010

The fear of growing frail creates worry not only for the elderly, but also younger adults – many of whom are daughters – concerned about the health and safety of their aging loved ones. That’s according to results of a recent survey of seniors and adult children that reveals staying physically active is a major challenge for older adults.

(PRWEB) February 2, 2010 -- Fear of frailty is of paramount concern not only for seniors, but adults ages 35 to 62 – many of whom are daughters – worried about the health and safety of their older loved ones. That’s according to results of a recent survey of seniors and adult children(1) that reveals staying physically active is a major challenge for older adults.

Lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens the mind, body and social life of older adults, according to senior care experts.

“We regularly see seniors who are literally trapped in their homes because they are too weak to perform many of the activities they need to remain safe and independent, or to even enjoy life,” said Home Instead Senior Care Co-Founder and CEO Paul Hogan. “That’s why staying active is viewed by so many as vital to healthy aging. Differences in perceptions between family caregivers and seniors can make addressing these issues challenging for many families.”

This problem is what prompted Home Instead Senior Care to develop the Get Mom Moving Activity Cards and Web site, both designed to help keep seniors engaged and fit in ord
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