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Exercise can be good even for frail seniors

Posted by RHHAdmin on Sep 7, 2012 9:13:00 AM

Individuals who are worried their old age will not allow them to exercise may be selling themselves short. According to a new study out of the University of Montreal, even those who are elderly and frail can benefit from exercise.

The researchers looked at 83 patients between the ages of 61 and 89, 43 of whom were considered frail. The test subjects participated in group physical activities three times a week for 12 weeks, while the control group did not participate.

Patients were rated on their physical capacity, quality of life and cognitive health at the beginning and end of the program. The study's authors noted that those who were physically active, whether they were considered frail or not, scored better on the evaluations than those who were in the control group.

"For the first time, frail senior citizens have participated in a study on exercise thanks to the collaboration of medical doctors at IUGM, who provided close medical supervision. My team was able to demonstrate that sedentary and frail senior citizens can benefit from major improvements not only in terms of physical function but also brain function, such as memory, and quality of life," said lead author Dr. Louis Bherer.

Seniors who have a difficult time moving around but still want the benefits of exercise may want to look into home health care as a potential option.

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