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Exercise When You Are Older

A study from Israel shows that older people who exercised regularly at age 70, when followed seven years later, were far healthier, more independent and had a better quality of life than people who didn't exercise at age 70. The exercisers had far less diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic back pain, loneliness, and physical disability.

Another study from Washington University in St. Louis shows that a supervised weightlifting and continuous exercise program can improve function in older people who have difficulty walking and taking care of themselves. Supervised exercise improved older people's ability to feed themselves, take care of bowel habits, and perform their activities better than a low-intensity home exercise program. Exercising vigorously in later life gives older people a far better quality of life, and allows them to be more independent and do most of the things that they could do when they were much younger.

1)Effect of exercise on ease in performing activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living from age 70 to 77: The Jerusalem longitudinal study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2002, Vol 50, Iss 12, pp 1934-1938. J Stessman, R HammermanRozenberg, Y Maaravi, A Cohen. Hammerman-Rozenberg R, Hadassah Univ Hosp, Dept Rehabil & Geriatr Med, Mt Scopus, POB 24035, IL-24035 Jerusalem, ISRAEL.

2) Effects of exercise training on frailty in community-dwelling older adults: Results of a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2002, Vol 50, Iss 12, pp 1921-1928. EF Binder, KB Schechtman, AA Ehsani, K StegerMay, M Brown, DR Sinacore, KE Yarasheski, JO Holloszy. Binder EF, Washington Univ, Older Adult Hlth Ctr, Sch Med, Dept Internal Med, Claude Pepper Older Amer Indepe, 4488 Forest Pk Blvd, Suite 201, St Louis,MO 63108 USA

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May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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