Seniors Healthy, Need More Exercise

Apr 01, 2004

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AARP, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older, has released the first-ever “AARP Quality of Life Index” for people age 50 and above.

The results? The health care picture is mixed, with both good and bad news. For example, 47 percent of respondents in two age groups—50 to 64, and 65-plus—reported their health as “excellent” or “very good,” an increase of 2 percentage points from a decade ago. But responses indicated a difference between the two groups. The portion who reported excellent or very good health in the younger group rose by 2.8 percentage points in the last decade, while the number declined slightly for the 65-plus group.

What about exercise? The percentage who exercise increased to 25.4 percent, nearly 2 percent more than 10 years ago, but that is still only one-quarter of those 50 and older. The most recent available figures show that 28.9 percent of those 50 to 64 report that they participate in physical activity, while only 21 percent of the 65-plus group do so. There are obviously many older adults who need your training services!

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