Fitness

Can Music, Dance, and Other Arts Programs Enhance Healthy Aging?
, Creativity and Aging, Health & Wellness, Physical activity

Although participation in the arts has long been suggested as a beneficial activity for older adults, only recently has there been much formal study of…

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Is Tai Chi Better for Brain Health Than “Western” Exercises?
, Cognitive Health, Health & Wellness

Physical exercise has been identified as one of the most effective things an adult can do to reduce risk of cognitive decline, and has been…

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Late-Life Physical Activity Associated with Healthy Aging Even among the Previously Inactive
, Physical activity

Studies have shown that mid-life physical activity has been associated with better overall health of individuals at older ages. However, the impact of taking up…

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150 Minutes per Week of Physical Activity Associated with Healthy Aging
, Health & Wellness

Individuals who are physically active are likely to live longer, but how does physical activity in older adulthood affect quality of life? Does physical activity…

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Can a Virtual “Health Coach” Increase Physical Activity among Older Adults?
, Electronic Health (e-Health), Health & Wellness

In the United States and many other parts of the world, all age groups show levels of physical activity below that which is medically recommended.…

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Dog Walking, Sense of Community & Physical Activity
, Health & Wellness

Pet ownership appears to support the health of older adults, although assessing its influence is difficult because healthier (and younger) older adults are more likely…

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Dementia & Physical Performance at 90+ Years of Age
, Cognitive Health

The population of individuals age 90 and better is growing, but is not often included in research studies. Research has identified an association between decreased…

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Low-Cost, Video-Based Exercise Interventions May Be Effective for Improving Strength & Flexibility
, Falls Reduction, Health & Wellness

Functional physical limitations are a significant risk factor for older adults, as they can lead to isolation, frailty, and increased risk for falls. Exercise training,…

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How Participation in Sports Influences the Experience of Aging
, Resilience

A study in the Journal of Aging Studies explores how participation in sports influences older adults’ understanding of age and aging. In particular, the study…

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Midlife Cardiovascular Fitness Associated with Decreased Dementia Risk
, Cognitive Health, Health & Wellness

There is a high priority on identifying preventive behaviors that can reduce rates of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Non-medical interventions to prevent or delay…

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Long-Term Aerobic Exercise Can Help Retain Strength
, Health & Wellness

The loss of strength and muscle mass that tends to occur with aging can contribute to frailty, increased falls risk, and loss of functional ability.…

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Gait Speed as a Clinical Measure for Older Adults With Mobility Limitations
, Health & Wellness

Gait speed has drawn increased attention as an indicator of healthy aging. It can be reliably measured, and it has been shown to be associated…

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