Aging Well Exercise, Mental Stimulation, Social Activity

“By 2050, it’s going to be over a fifth of the population.” Experts say that by 2050, for the first time in history, the proportion of adults over age 60 is expected to match the number of people younger than 15, each group representing 21 percent of the population. It’s called the Silver Tsunami. But, they emphasized, it’s never too early or too late to work on aging well. Exercise and aging Kirk Erickson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh , studies the effects of exercise on aging.
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Sitting for an extra hour a day if you’re over 60 ‘doubles the risk of being disabled’ even if you take moderate exercise

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The study focused on a sample of 2,286 adults aged 60 and older from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It compared people in similar health with the same amount of moderate vigorous activity. Moderate activity is walking briskly, as if you are late to an appointment. The participants wore accelerometers from 2002 to 2005 to measure their sedentary time and moderate vigorous physical activity, says a report in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. The accelerometer monitoring was an objective measure of sedentary behaviour because the older and heavier people are, the more they tend to overestimate their physical activity.
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