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Aging News & Information

Cure for Age-Related Muscle Loss?  Old Muscle Works Like New with ‘Trust Hormone’ Oxytocin

“Our quest is to find a molecule that not only rejuvenates old muscle and other tissue, but that can do so sustainably long-term without increasing the risk of cancer”

By Sarah Yang, U.S. Berkeley

The addition of oxytocin to the blood of old mice rapidly rejuvenates the old muscle, as shown on the right.

June 13, 2014 – Researchers at UC Berkeley may not have found the fountain of youth but they may be on to something that can rejuvenate old muscle in senior citizens and it is already approved for use in humans. Oxytocin - a hormone associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex - is indispensable for healthy muscle maintenance and repair, the study says, but it declines with age in the mice used in the study. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Seniors Who Exercise Most Suffer Least Physical Decline But Still Fall Short of Guidelines

More muscle-strengthening exercises should be encouraged among older adults in retirement communities – See Exercise Guidelines for Seniors below

June 11, 2014 – Seniors age 65 and older living in retirement communities who reported the most exercise had less physical decline than those who did less. This is another in a steady stream of research confirming the health benefits of exercise for senior citizens although research also shows most in this older age group remain inactive and fail to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Elderly Find Moderate Physical Activity a Winning Way to Avoid Mobility Problems

Study of over 1600 men and women age 70 to 89 lasted over two and a half years. See video in bottom of story.

May 27, 2014 - A study described as the largest and longest randomized trial of physical activity in elderly men and women at risk of disability has found that structured physical activity of moderate intensity is more effective than a health education program with just physical stretching in reducing the risk of disability. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Elderly Men with High Blood Pressure Lower Death Risk with Just Moderate Exercise

Fittest of the senior men were half as likely to die as the least fit; fitness has positive impact on health regardless of age or chronic illness.

May 13, 2014 - Elderly men – age 70 and older - with high blood pressure can lower their risk of death with even moderate levels of fitness, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

It Just Takes Light Activity Daily to Help Older Adults Avoid Disability

Researchers claim to be first to find health, aging benefits of light activities

By Erin White

April 30, 2014 - Pushing a shopping cart or a vacuum doesn’t take a lot of effort, but enough of this sort of light physical activity every day can help older people with or at risk of knee arthritis avoid developing disabilities as they age, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Boost Mental Abilities with Exercise Even in Old Age, Two Studies Say

Women over 70 increased size of learning area of brain, second finds window to successfully fight dementia with exercise lasts into old age

April 10, 2014 - It’s a good day for senior citizens worried about dementia and diminishing mental abilities. Two studies out today offer real hope. One says that regular exercise can help senior women boost the size of the brain area used for memory and learning. The other found that exercise after middle age seems to slow dementia in old age and is most effective for those who are overweight. The key point being it may never be too late to boost your mental ability by exercising. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

New Formula for Peak Heart Rate During Exercise Developed for Older Men, Women

Everybody's peak heart rate declines with age, but decline is more gradual in women

March 27, 2014 – A study of more than 25,000 stress tests by older people convinced researchers that the current formula for determining a person’s peak exercise heart rate had to be changed. It was used by doctors for decades to diagnose heart conditions but the study says it was flawed because it failed to recognize differences between men and women, particularly as they age. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Physical Activity Reduces Breast Cancer Risk at Any Age Says Study of Four Million Women

Age, nor size, nor geographical location alters the benefits of physical exercise

March 20, 2014 – A new study leaves little doubt that physical exercise – at least one hour per day - reduces the risk of breast cancer for women of any age or size, regardless of where they live. The researchers reviewed all the studies – 37 – published from 1987 to 2013 that included four million women. Those with the highest level of physical activity reduced the risk by 12 percent. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Exercise for Seniors Becoming New Frontier in  Battle Against Cognitive Decline

Wake Forest study to show whether high- or low-intensity exercising, or both, can help people with early cognition problems

By Les Gura, Wake Forest Baptist HealthWire

March 19, 2014 - Marcus Dobson, 60, first recognized the cognitive decline brought on by Parkinson's disease when he realized he no longer wanted to play with his grandchildren or even be in the same room with them. Bunny Fontrier, 63, wasn't having any cognition problems, but after caring for her mother with dementia she thought she should look at herself, too. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Masters Track Event Features Record-Setters with Ages Over One Hundred

Boston event sees records falling as seniors extend their athletic abilities; 100-year old McPhie and lazz great Shaheed also headline indoor champs

March 15, 2014 – It has been a record smashing track – the 2014 Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships – in Boston this weekend that has seen top performances by men and women, some even older than 100. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Large Waist Indicates Shorter Life for Men and Women; Even if Body Mass Index Okay

March 14, 2014 - Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Longer Life Ahead for Senior Citizens Who Build Muscle

Clinicians need to focus on ways to improve body composition, rather than on BMI alone, when counseling older adults on preventative health

March 14, 2014 – There seems to be no end to the conflict among those who research senior citizens between deciding if seniors should be thin or a little on the heavy side to achieve a longer life. The latest opinion from UCLA researchers says the more muscle mass older Americans have, the likely they are to die prematurely. They add to the growing evidence that overall body composition is a better predictor of longevity that using the body mass index (BMI) measurement. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

How You Rate Your Physical Fitness in Middle Age an Indicator of Dementia Risk

Rating yourself in poor physical condition at about 50 increases dementia risk by four

Feb. 26, 2014 - How would you rate your own physical fitness? Is it good, satisfactory or maybe even poor? Surprisingly, your answer may reveal your future risk of developing dementia. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Older Muscle Stem Cells Rejuvenated to Function Like Younger Cells, May Help Elderly Repair Muscle

Stanford researchers pinpoint why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to regain strength and mobility after muscle injury

By Krista Conger

Feb. 17, 2014 - Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to regain strength and mobility after muscle injury: Over time, stem cells within muscle tissues dedicated to repairing damage become less able to generate new muscle fibers and struggle to self-renew. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Physically Active Men Live Longer After Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease; Reduce Heart Failure

Most active older cancer survivors 38% less likely to die of cancer; 49% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease

Jan. 23, 2014 – Two new studies have found physical activity is very beneficial for older men. The results of one reports exercise it significantly extends the lives of senior cancer and cardiovascular disease survivors, and the other concludes it reduces heart failure risk. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Men Who Walk Fast Appear to Have Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Mortality

Physically fit men have better outcomes due to more regularly shaped blood vessels

Jan. 20, 2014 - Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18–21. Read more...

Aging News & Information

New Evidence That Walking Speed of Senior Citizens is Predictor of How Long They Will Live

New study finds happy seniors more likely to maintain better physical function

Jan. 21, 2014 – A large study of people 60 and older has found that those who enjoy life are more likely to maintain better physical function in their daily activities and a faster walking speed as they age. Previous work by the researchers found these happy seniors were also most likely to survive for another eight years. This supports which supports another study suggesting walking speed is a good predictor of longevity. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Surgery Best Option for Herniated Disks; Age-Related Wear and Tear Usual Cause

Eight-year study shows better long-term outcomes with surgery rather than non-invasive-treatment

Dec. 30, 2013 - For patients with herniated disks in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study in Spine. Herniated disks are usually a result of aging but are more common among middle-age people than senior citizens due to activity levels of younger people. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Elderly Women Spend Two-Thirds of Time in Unhealthy Sedentary Behavior

Increasing age and body mass index just make matters worse

Dec. 17, 2013 - Health experts see sedentary behavior – when the effort does not raise the energy required above your resting level – as a risk factor for poor health. New research on thousands of senior women finds they spend about two-thirds of their waking hours in such dangerous behavior. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Link Between Obesity and Cancer for Older People Confirmed by Radiographic Imaging

Radiographic imaging exposes relationship between obesity and cancer in aging population; women with more overall fat mass, more visceral fat had a higher risk of cancer; fat puts older men at risk even with healthy BMI

Dec. 4, 2013 - The negative impact of fat on long-term health, particularly of older people, has been confirmed by the first use direct radiographic imaging of adipose (fatty) tissue rather than estimates like body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference. The study focused on the relationship between obesity and cancer risk in aging populations. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Obesity, Large Waist Linked to Hearing Loss for Women; Physical Activity Lowers Risk

Study raises questions about hearing loss being associated only with aging

Nov. 25, 2013 – If women need another reason to maintain a smaller waist and a lower body mass index (BMI), new research has it for them. A study from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that a higher BMI and larger waist circumference are each associated with higher risk of hearing loss, but, a higher level of physical activity is associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Older Men Lower Stroke Risk by Walking Daily at Any Pace

Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day at any pace had a reduced risk of stroke

Nov. 14, 2013 — Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day compared to less than half an hour per day had a reduced risk of stroke, in a large population-based study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Boomers, Seniors Vastly Improve Memory, Brain Function, Physical Fitness with Aerobic Exercise

New brain imaging techniques allowed researchers to detect brain changes earlier

Nov. 12, 2013 - A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas found that engaging in a physical exercise regimen helps healthy aging adults improve their memory, brain health and physical fitness. This finding is significant considering that among adults 50 and older, "staying mentally sharp" outranks social security and physical health as the top priority and concern in the United States. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Critical Roles for Exercise and Diet in Aging, Depression Found in New Research

As humans live longer, experiences, choices throughout life actively impact the brain and these choices also affect aging and quality of life - what to do

Nov. 11, 2013 - New studies released today underscore the potential impact of healthy lifestyle choices in treating depression, the effects of aging, and learning and point to ways to improve your lifestyle. The research focused on the effects of mind/body awareness, exercise, and diet, and was presented at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Exercise Program in Senior Centers Helps Reduce Pain and Improve Mobility

Hospital for Special Surgery study shows program helps reduce arthritis pain for Asian seniors; Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program used

Nov. 5, 2013 - Experts say it's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and a program offered in New York City senior centers is improving quality of life for many Asian senior citizens. Offered by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in senior centers in New York City, the program has helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance the overall health of many participants, according to a study by HSS. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Risk of Colorectal Cancer Goes Up in Men Who Sit a Lot, Get Little Exercise

Even meeting daily exercise recommendations cannot overcome lengthy sedentary behavior – "active couch potato paradigm"

Oct. 30, 2013 - Men who spend the most time engaged in sedentary behaviors – a lot of sitting and little exercise - are at greatest risk for recurrence of colorectal adenomas, benign tumors that are known precursors of colorectal cancers, according to results presented here at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 27-30. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Overweight Men Much Less Likely to Survive Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Men who died from prostate cancer were 50% more likely to be overweight or obese at diagnosis

Oct. 30, 2013 - Men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than men who are of healthy weight, according to a new study. In patients with more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, the researchers also found an even stronger correlation between obesity and mortality. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Older Adults Using the Internet are More Likely to Engage in Cancer Prevention Behavior

One exception: no association between internet use and participation in breast cancer screening

Oct. 22, 2013 - Congratulations to you readers of SeniorJournal.com. A new study finds that men and women who use the internet – that is you – are more likely to participate in screening for colorectal cancer, participate in physical activities, eat healthily, and smoke less, compared with those who do not use the internet. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

High Blood Pressure Risk Reduced 19 Percent with Four Hours Weekly Exercise

Study indicates it is leisure-time exercise that counts; Physical activity at work was not linked to a lower risk of hypertension

Oct. 4, 2013 – High blood pressure we all know is bad, because it can lead to so many deadly diseases. A new review of 13 studies including more than 135,000 people has proven, however, that you can reduce your chances of developing hypertension with just over four hours of leisure time exercise per week. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

At age 75, would a senior Popeye still be able to take on Bluto?

New study finds tools to better identify senior citizens at risk of functional decline; design programs building resistance and power

Aug. 14, 2013 - If Popeye were to age naturally like the rest of us, he would need more than just big muscles to stay independent during his senior years. When it comes to muscles and aging, the important thing is quality, not quantity, as shown by the findings of new study. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Study Supports Idea that Seniors Can Meet Their Weekly Exercise Needs in Small Pieces

Total amount of exercise important, not frequency, research shows; supports recommendation by CDC for seniors on getting proper exercise weekly

June 20, 2013 – Senior citizens need at least 150 minutes (2 hours and a half) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like a brisk walk. There is new research out today that may encourage more seniors to make the effort. The study from Queen’s University says it make no difference if a senior does this in one big effort of in a series of smaller efforts during the week. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Statins Block Benefits of Exercise in Study of Obese Adults at University of Missouri

If patients start exercising and taking simvastatin at same time, it seems the statins block the ability of exercise to improve their fitness levels

By Kate McIntyre

May 16, 2013 – Statins, the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide, are often suggested to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease in individuals with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of medical disorders including excess body fat and/or high levels of blood pressure, blood sugar and/or cholesterol. However, University of Missouri researchers found that simvastatin, a generic type of statin previously sold under the brand name “Zocor,” hindered the positive effects of exercise for obese and overweight adults. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Exercise Fails to Help Depressed Elderly in London Care Homes

Popular with residents but it had no effect on depression or general quality of life

May 2, 2013 – Exercise often seems to be an automatic recommendation for anything that ails a senior citizen. New research indicates, however, that this common solution for better mental and physical health has met its match in trying to help elderly living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities escape from depression. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Knee Brace Proven to Significantly Reduce Pain of Kneecap Osteoarthritis

Enormous potential for treating common joint condition effectively; providing a simple and cheap alternative to painkillers

April 19, 2013 - A lightweight knee brace can dramatically improve the function and reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis the affects the kneecap, says a study released today by researchers at The University of Manchester that was funded by Arthritis Research UK. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Walking Slowly Associated with Poor Health in Senior Citizens but It May Be Due to Fat Thighs

Study finds older adults who gained the most thigh fat and lost the most thigh muscle were at greatest risk of a meaningful decline in walking speed

Feb. 19, 2013 – Previous studies have shown that walking speed declines with age and the slower senior citizens walk the less time they have to live. A new study suggests, however, that prevention of age-related declines in walking speed isn't just about preserving muscle mass, it's also about preventing fat gain – in the thighs. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Nutritional Factors to Preserve Muscle Mass, Strength and Performance in Senior Citizens

Review by International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Nutrition Working Group examines role of nutrition in sarcopenia, with focus on protein, vitamins D and B, and acid-based diet.

Jan. 18, 2013 - Sarcopenia - the decrease in the amount and quality of muscle -  is a common consequence of aging, and poses a significant risk factor for disability in older adults. Falling, which can lead to fractures and other injuries for seniors, is often caused by poor muscle strength resulting from sarcopena. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Mental Abilities in Older People Retained and Even Improved by Aerobic Exercise

Task switching, selective attention, working memory and more benefit from aerobic exercise

Dec. 13, 2012 – New research has found that older people can retain and even improve certain mental abilities through aerobic exercise, including mental tasks associated with driving. Particular aspects of cognitive function such as task switching, selective attention and working memory among others, all appear to benefit from aerobic exercise. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Unique Joint Replacement Promo Features Olympic Coach, Others Writing Letters to Younger Selves

Legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski teams with author Ellyn Spragins to release "Had I Known Then," A collection of letters from former joint pain sufferers to their younger selves

Dec. 7, 2012 – In a unique way to encourage those with joint pain to consider joint replacement, an orthopedics company has published an online booklet that features a U.S. Olympics coach and several others who regret not having their painful joints replaced earlier. Senior citizens and baby boomers, the most likely to have debilitating osteoarthritis, often delay hip or knee replacement surgery for years due to fear, misinformation or a lack of awareness about treatment options. Read more, see video...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Even Older People Can Slow Alzheimer’s, Other Dementia with Active Lifestyle

Data kept for 20 years; lifestyle factors included recreational sports, gardening, yard work, bicycling, dancing and riding exercise cycle

Nov. 27, 2012 - Previous studies have indicated that exercise may slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study presented today, however, focused on senior citizens – average age 78 – and concluded an active lifestyle helps preserve gray matter in the brains of older adults and could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Free Bus Passes Appear to Open Door to Health Benefits for Older People

Researchers point to other studies that also show seniors more likely to be physically active if using the buses

Sept. 20, 2012 – A novel way to encourage older people to be more physically active is to provide them with free bus passes, say the authors of a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Fitness at Middle Age Leads to Lower Risk of Chronic Disease in Senior Years

Even study participants who died had fewer chronic ailments to the end

Aug. 27, 2012 - A new study declares that fitness in middle age points to less chronic health problems in later life. And, even those who died in old age, seemed to have less of these chronic ailments right up to the end. The study involved both senior men and women, older than 65, who were Medicare patients. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Six in 10 Adults Now Get Physically Active by Walking; Seniors Gain Less Than Others

Less than half get enough physical activity to improve their health

Aug. 8, 2012 - Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005. The good news is senior citizens - those 65 and older - increased their walking. The bad news, it is less than other age groups, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Group Yoga Helps Stroke Victims Improve Function, Balance

Helps patients long after stroke; cost effective; may help them be more active; oldest over 90

July 27, 2012 – Group yoga can improve motor function and balance in stroke survivors, even if they don't begin yoga until six months or more after the stroke and no longer receive rehabilitative care, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. One patient was in his 90s. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements

Older Women Lose Weight Best with Journal, No Skipped Meals, Lunch In

Findings show with simple tools postmenopausal women –at greater risk for weight gain – can lose weight successfully

July 13, 2012 - Older women who want to lose weight should faithfully keep a food journal, and avoid skipping meals and eating in restaurants – especially at lunch – suggests new research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The most important of these, the researchers report, is the food journal. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Breast Cancer Risk Reduced by Mild Physical Activity if Weight Maintained

Reduced risk for older women who exercise after menopause is particularly encouraging

June 25, 2012 - Physical activity – either mild or intense, and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits, according to a new analysis by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers. Read more...

Tai Chi Enlarges Brains, Improves Memory, Thinking in Elderly Chinese

First trial showing lesser aerobic exercise, with stimulating discussion increased brain volume, improved results on memory, thinking tests

June 19, 2012 - Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Centenarians Match Boomers in Daily Exercise; Favorites are Walking, Muscle Building

100 year olds eat and sleep better than baby boomers; consider social connections a key to quality life

June 12, 2012 - Most centenarians say they exercise almost every day. Walking is their favorite physical activity but exercises to build muscle is almost as popular among those 100 years old and older, reports the UnitedHealthcare’s seventh annual 100@100 survey. This year baby boomers were also surveyed for comparison and there were surprises. Read more, link to video interview...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Senior Wii Bowlers Head to LA Thursday for California Championship

Bowling by waving a remote control at a television screen is catching on with senior citizens across the country with many participating in National Senior League - see great video by Erickson Sports at bottom

April 25, 2012 – Thursday is a big day in the booming world of Wii bowling. Teams from across the state will be representing their senior community in the National Senior League’s California State Championship. The Wii remotes will be swinging at Vintage Westwood Horizons, 947 Tiverton Ave., Los Angeles. Read more, See Video...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

L.A. Wellness Club Uses Microsoft's Kinect and HealthVault to Enhance Seniors’ Well-Being

Microsoft Corp., the LA Department of Aging, Partners in Care Foundation and St. Barnabas Senior Services today unveiled an innovative fitness program for senior citizens called the Exergamers Wellness Club, which combines technology with exercise, overall health monitoring and evidence-based health education from Partners in Care

April 4, 2012 —Orlando Estrada, 77, experienced so much pain and loss of balance after his two knee-replacement surgeries that he needed a wheelchair to get around. Taking the bus was an ordeal, and he got so little exercise that his blood pressure was heading toward the danger zone. Read more...

 - If you’re an older adult who hasn’t been active in recent years, one of the easiest ways to ease back into activity is walking – the most basic exercise there is, yet, highly touted by the American Heart Association and other health experts. It can be done by almost everyone, almost anywhere, and it can have a major positive impact on your health and happiness. Read more...

Walking Helps Senior Citizens Alleviate Fatigue after Cancer Operation

New study reveals how a regular walking regimen helped pancreatic cancer patients overcome fatigue; major problem for almost all cancer survivors

Couple walking together.April 2, 2012 Researchers have affirmed that pancreatic cancer patients can literally take a step-by-step approach to combat fatigue. A study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons reports that patients who underwent an operation as part of their cancer treatment and then started a regular walking regimen experienced less fatigue than cancer survivors who did not do the walking program. Read more...

Keeping Fit into the "Golden Years" Involves Four Main Areas of Focus

Expert offers tips to help senior citizens live longer healthier lives – see video

By Dr. Judith Black, Highmark Inc

March 12, 2012 - Americans are living longer and are in better physical condition than their predecessors because today's senior citizens are more aware of the need to remain physically active into their "Golden Years. Read more, see video...

Seniors With Medical, Psychological Stress Should Consider Yoga, Study Says

Yoga considered by many a tremendous tool for combating the concerns of an aging society, see video

Video about seniors and yoga

March 6, 2012 - Senior citizens - the age group most often dealing with stress-related psychological and medical conditions – may want to see if yoga offers relief. A new study says it is effective in treating patients with depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease. Read more, see video...

Walking Clubs Offer Senior Citizens a Simple, Free Way to Better Health, Fitness

American Heart Association adds another national program to promote walking as most effective physical activity

Jan. 17, 2012 - Regular walking, a favorite exercise for senior citizens, is one of the most effective forms of physical activity that delivers substantial health benefits and improves heart health, says the American Heart Association. The latest addition to their tools for persuading people to exercise or Walking Clubs, which are quickly being formed in communities across the U.S. Read more...

Brief, High-Intensity Workouts Appear to Help Diabetics Lower Blood Sugar

Improved blood sugar levels even though they did not lose weight during short two-week study - see video

Dec. 12, 2011 - Brief high intensity workouts - as little as six sessions over two weeks -  rapidly lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, offering a potential fix for patients who struggle to meet exercise guidelines, according to researchers at McMaster University in Canada. Read more...

Physical Fitness Trumps Body Weight in Reducing Death Risks for Older Men

Good news for seniors, middle-aged men who are physically active, but do not lose weight – less worry about BMI being a little high if physically fit

Dec. 10, 2011 - If you maintain or improve your fitness level - even if your body weight has not changed or increased - you can reduce your risk of death, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. This study was only of men but the researchers say it is likely to apply to women, too. Read more...

Older Runners Increasing Fast, Remaining Fast Runners as They Age

Efficiency of using oxygen no different for seniors than younger runners

Nov. 29, 2011 - Runners over the age of 60 are the fastest-growing group in the sport. A new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that their running can remain fast as they age, too. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Study Finds Heart Failure Patients Benefit from Leg Muscle Exercise

By warming up properly, patients can improve the oxygenation, performance of their leg muscles, which is beneficial in promoting beneficial exercise

Oct. 31, 2011 - Doctors should not only treat the heart muscle in chronic heart failure patients, but also their leg muscles through exercise, say researchers in a major new study of the disease that primarily hits senior citizens. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Men With Higher Testosterone Levels Lose Less Muscle, Strength As They Age

Testosterone may help senior men preserve muscle and delay frailty; men lose more muscle and strength than women as they age

Oct. 27, 2011 - A recent study of men 65 and older finds elderly men with higher levels of testosterone lost less lean muscle mass, especially if they were losing weight. In these men, higher testosterone levels were also resulted in less loss of lower body strength. Loss of muscle mass and strength contribute to frailty and are associated with falls, mobility limitations and fractures. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Stretching Program or with Yoga Relieves Chronic Back Pain; Self-Help Book Fails

Suggests yoga's benefits largely due to physical benefits of stretching and strengthening the muscles - not its mental components

Oct. 24, 2011 - It’s hardly surprising that yoga and stretching classes were more effective than handing folks a book on self-care for patients with chronic low back pain. What may surprise many is that stretching and yoga produced about the same results in reducing symptoms and improving function. But, the progress with yoga is probably from stretching, not the mental exercise. Read more...

Boomers and Their Senior Parents Are Targets of New Go4Life Fitness Effort

Public-private effort led by NIH focuses on fitness for older adults - only 25% of senior citizens engage in regular physical activity

Oct. 20, 2011 - Being physically active is vital to maintaining health and independence as we age, and a new federal campaign for people 50 and older will help them to get active and keep going. Introduced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Go4Life campaign encourages sedentary older adults to reap health benefits by making physical activity part of their daily lives. Only 25 percent of people aged 65-74 say they engage in regular physical activity. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

My Aching Knees Seemed to Be Cured by Omega-3, New Study Says It May Be True

UK researchers find omega-3 fatty acids slow down osteoarthritis, at least in guinea pigs; I think it worked for me!

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Oct. 17, 2011 – As an active – well very active – tennis player for many years, when I turned 70 I was worried my playing days might end due to my aching knees. I never took the court without wearing the latest in knee protection devices. Then, shortly after I increased my daily regimen of fish oil pills, the knee pain disappeared. I was convinced my joints were now better “oiled.” New research says there may be something to this. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Aerobic Exercise  Important Therapy for Preventing, Slowing Down Dementia

Mayo Clinic: ‘very compelling argument for exercise as a disease-modifying strategy to prevent dementia and mild cognitive impairment’

Sept. 7, 2011 - Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements

Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention in Older Women, Combo Is Best

Strengthening exercise appears to have greater benefits for insulin resistance than aerobic exercise

Sept. 2, 2011 - Lifestyle changes that include dieting to lose weight and exercise can help prevent type 2 diabetes, but researchers were uncertain which element contributes more. A new study suggests that, in postmenopausal women at least, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all. Read more, see video

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Older Adults Should Keep on Exercising: Benefits Accumulate as People Age

During 53-year study, grip strength, standing balance, chair rise times used as indicators of strength, physical performance

Aug. 25, 2011 – Adults are encouraged to exercise at any age, even if they have not exercised in the past. A new study, however, puts emphasis on those who have exercised in younger years to keep on doing it, because the benefits of physical activity accumulate over a lifetime. Read more...

Aerobic Exercise Beats Resistance Training at Burning Belly Fat

Duke study involved adults up to age 70; what really counts is how much exercise you do

Aug. 25, 2011 – A study of overweight adults up to age 70 has found that aerobic exercise is your best bet when it comes to losing that dreaded belly fat, a new study finds. Good news for senior citizens, who sometimes find resistance training too difficult. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Senior Citizens Increase Risk of Cognitive Decline with Too Much Salt, Too Little Exercise

Believed to be first study linking benefits of a low sodium diet to brain health in healthy older adults

Aug. 22, 2011 – Senior citizens who lead sedentary lifestyles and consume a lot of sodium in their diet may be putting themselves at risk for more than just heart disease. A new reports says it appears to also be detrimental to your mental health. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Prove They Can Learn to Stick with Exercise Routine

Seniors with two executive function skills –multitasking and the ability control distractions – built self-confidence, did best

Aug. 16, 2011 – An expert at helping people exercise has taken on the challenge of helping senior citizens stick with their exercise routines and says his technique of building self-confidence was at least partially successful with this group. Read more...

Exercise May Help Prevent Brain Damage Caused by Alzheimer's Disease

Could help develop approach for early intervention in preventing brain damage; allows brain chemicals to prevent inflammation

Aug.15, 2011 – Regular exercise could help prevent brain damage associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Risk Pulmonary Embolism with Knee Replacement Surgery

Study finds 80+ elderly and those with three other common senior problems most at risk in hip, knee surgery

July 27, 2011 – Senior citizens - those 80 and over in particular - may not be the best candidates for knee replacement surgery according to new research that found pulmonary embolism, an often fatal condition, was most common after replacement surgery in those over 79 and those who had three other health problems common to the elderly. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Late-Life Cognitive Decline Slowed in Elderly Women by Minimal Exercise

Two studies support growing evidence that habitual physical activity slows age-related changes in cognition and risk of dementia

July 19, 2011 – Senior citizen women see their late-life cognitive decline slow down as they engage in regular minimal exercise. Two studies published as “Online First” by by Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, clearly point to new hope in a method of slowing age-related mental decline. In one study, the women had vascular or coronary risks. Read more...

AARP Launches Fat-to-Fit Weight Loss Program Online for Third Year

Guidance from fitness expert Carole Carson – she lost 60 pounds at age 60

May 17, 2011 - Today marks the start of AARP’s third annual “Fat-to-Fit Summer Weight Loss Challenge,” an online program challenging and supporting people to make positive, permanent life changes to improve their health. It includes eight weeks of guidance from fitness expert and author, Carole Carson, who lost more than 60 pounds at age 60. Read more...

Patients with Chronic Heart Failure Discover New Quality of Life with Tai Chi Exercise

Those with chronic systolic heart failure have been historically considered too frail to exercise - see link to video in caption about founder

March 25, 2011 - Tai chi exercise, long popular with senior citizens, appears to offer improved quality of life, better mood and the ability to exercise effectively in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a report in the April 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more, see video....

Senior Citizens Can Be Older and Stronger with Progressive Resistance Training

Researchers at the University of Michigan say older adults don’t have to accept strength and muscle loss as they age - watch video

April 4, 2011 - Getting older doesn’t mean giving up muscle strength. Not only can adults fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with age, but the Golden Years can be a time to get stronger, say experts at the University of Michigan Health System. Read more, see video

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Occasional Sexual Activity or Physical Exercise Can Be Killers

Study sees short-term increase in risk of heart attack, cardiac death- watch video

March 23, 2011 - When it comes to sex and exercise, you better do it on a regular basis and this may be especially important for senior citizens. New research says both activities can trigger a short-term increased risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death. But, the risk is low for those who maintain regular physical activity. Read more, watch video...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Nursing Prof Inspired by Elderly Aunt Has Patented Device to Get Senior Citizens Moving

Working with engineers at U. of Rhode Island she has patented the Activity Analyzer

March 7, 2011 – Virtually all senior citizens know they need exercise - they need to at least move around. Most, however, seem to have a problem getting motivated. There may be hope, however, coming from the efforts of a nursing professor inspired by her 97-year-old aunt who lives on her own. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

How Fast Senior Citizens Walk Found to be Good Predictor of How Long They Will Live

Large study of older Americans says prediction most accurate for those 75 and older; works for men and women - watch video

Jan. 5, 2011 – How fast senior citizens walk appears to be a better gage of how long they will live than trying to do a more complicated analysis using age, sex, chronic conditions, smoking history, blood pressure, body mass index, and hospitalization. This study of senior citizens found walking gait is especially accurate for predicting remaining life for those age 75 and older. Read more...Watch Video...

 

 

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Exercise Videos for Seniors - Click

National Library of Medicine - Senior Exercise

Click here to exercise for seniors at the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus for last 30 days. (search list for "Exercise/Fitness")

Senior Citizen Exercise Help from Nat. Inst. on Aging

Click Here to a link with lots of information about senior citizen exercise programs, including local programs.

 

Links to Senior Fitness

Are you overweight? - check our Body Mass Index

Fitness Facts for Older Americans
(Administration on Aging)

Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging and National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(National Air and Space Administration)

Fact Sheet: Don't Take It Easy Exercise!
(National Institute on Aging)

Fact Sheet for Older Adults on Physical Activity and Health
(U.S. Surgeon General)

Exercise and Your Heart A Guide to Physical Activity
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

Administration on Aging Web Site on Exercise

• SportsGeezer - sportsgeezer.com - website about health and fitness for people over 40.

 

Books on Successful Aging