Natural remedy for independence in elderly: moderate activity

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Elderly adults can maintain mobility and independence better with moderate activity reports Yale University.

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Maintaining overall good health as people age is a real challenge. Staying active is a vital ingredient in maintaining health for the elderly.

Moderate activity helps adults maintain mobility and independence

Yale News has reported older adults maintain mobility and independence better with moderate activity. Adhering to a walking routine along with other moderate physical activities may help elderly people recover from a major disability faster while maintaining their independence.

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The conclusions of this study have been taken from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study. This has been the most extensive trial of physical activity in elderly people. The activity program in this study was made up primarily of walking along with flexibility, strength, and balance training exercises.

Physical activity decreased the total time which older adults suffered from major disability by about 25 percent

It was observed that in comparison to a standard health education program, the physical activity program decreased the total time which older adults suffered from major disability by about 25 percent. The researchers said the participants were not as likely to experience any disability in the first place, they were more likely to recover if they suffered from a disability, and they were not as likely to have a subsequent episode of disability.

This study has been published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Thomas Gill, the first author of this study and professor of geriatrics, says this study gives strength to evidence which supports the benefit and long-term value of physical activity in nurturing independent mobility in a growing group of vulnerable older people. Moderate activity is a good natural remedy for mobility and independence in older adults.

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