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Tai Chi vs. Brisk Walking for Older Adults

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
When older adults lose muscle tone and their balance starts to deteriorate, a simple mishap like tripping over a rug or losing their footing as they go to the bathroom during the night can turn into a tragedy. Among Americans who break a hip when ...

Exercise Maintains Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Older adults who participated in a moderate exercise program for 1 year improved cognitive functioning, according to a study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience (2010; 2 [Article 32], 1-17; doi:10.3389/fnagi.2010.00032). To compare the ...

Resistance and Cardiovascular Exercise Combination Best for Older Adults

by Ryan Halvorson
Have you ever wondered which exercise method is most effective for helping older adults improve functional capacity and reduce insulin resistance? A study published in the January issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (2009; 169[2], 122-31) ...

Pilates Practice Improves Balance and Autonomy for Older Women

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Practicing equipment-based Pilates twice weekly helps older women improve static balance and functional independence, according to a small study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2010; 14, 195-202). Research has shown ...

Older Adults Who Enjoy Exercise Are Most Active

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Helping your clients to discover what physical activities they like best may be an important key to helping them stay active. Older adults who enjoy exercise the most are the most active, according to a study published in the American Journal of ...

Researchers Encourage Exercise Prescriptions for Older Adults

by Joy Keller
Many older adults are already used to getting at least one prescription when they visit the doctor. Two scientists have been asking what if, in addition to prescribing medications, physicians also prescribed exercise? Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a ...

Functional Exercise Improves Task Performance in Older Women

by Joy Keller
A study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2005; 53 [1], 2) found that functional exercise was more effective than resistance exercise for improving daily task performance. The subjects-98 healthy women, all ...

Blood Flow a Key to Older-Adult Balance

by Ryan Halvorson
Incorporating balance techniques into older-adult training programs is often a go-to method for reducing falls. Recent research suggests that a focus on improving blood pressure may also be necessary to keep older adults safe. The study was ...

Brain Changes Affect Mobility in Older Adults

by Ryan Halvorson
Balance and gait disorders in older adults may be directly related to changes in the brain, according to a research report published in the March 18 issue of Neurology (2008; [70], 935-42). The 3-year study involved 639 men and women aged 65-84 who ...

Vigorous Exercise Helps Older Adults Avoid Disability

by Ryan Halvorson
Need more kindling to help keep your older clients' passions for fitness burning bright? Researchers have recently discovered what many professionals already knew: exercise helps older adults avoid disability. The Stanford University ...