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Run So You Won’t Stand Still

Seniors that jog regularly can also walk as efficiently as young adults.

Researchers studied adults over 65 who either jogged or walked a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 times a week. The joggers could walk up to 10% more efficiently than those who only walked. In fact, when walking, those who usually jogged burned energy like young adults in their 20’s. The energy required to walk increases with age, leading to decreased mobility and function.

PositiveTip: Boost your exercise output now to maintain your energy and mobility longer down the road of life.

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Good News in Nation’s Cardiovascular Health

Hospitalizations and deaths from cardiac or stroke events are down significantly.

Yale researchers mining Medicare data discovered encouraging national trends in cardiovascular disease.  After examining records of 34 million Americans, 65 or older, from 1999-2011, they found reductions in hospitalizations for heart attack (38%), heart failure (30.5%) and ischemic stroke (33.6%). Risk of death one year after hospitalization dropped 23% for heart attack and 13% for heart failure and stroke. Many factors are involved in these improvements.

PositiveTip:  Control the factors you can such as avoid smoking, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

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3 Key Risks for Old-age Disability

Exercise, diet and smoking can predict your risk of old-age disability

A 12 year study of 4000 seniors found that three unhealthy habits increase the risk of disability later in life. French researchers tracked seniors’ disability from 2001-2012 finding physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking each increase the risk of disability. In addition, the risk of disability increased progressively as unhealthy behaviors clustered. Seniors with ALL three risk factors were 2.5 times more at risk of disability than those who observed the three habits studied.

PositiveTip: Cultivate healthy choices now to extend your quality of life and independence later!

Walk Faster, Live Longer

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the walking speed of older adults to see how it affected their life expectancy. The study analyzed the results of nine other scientific studies as well.

All nine studies combined together totaled more than 34,000 senior adults, 65 years of age and older. Their average age was 73. Sixty percent were women, and 80% were white. This group was followed for 6 to 21 years. In all the studies there were 17,528 deaths.

Researchers measured walking speed at the beginning of the study, by timing subjects at their normal, comfortable walking pace for a distance of about 13 feet. 

Normal walking requires teamwork in the body starting with the muscles, bones, and joints. Its also a workout of the heart, lungs, and circulation, coordinated by nerves and the brain.