05/01/2009

Study shows exercise improves physical function in older adults

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A study led by researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine shows that exercise improves physical function in older adults.

The researchers pooled the results of 11 exercise training studies that included 617 men and women older than 50 years of age. Overall, they found that the odds of improving physical function in those who exercised were more than two times the odds of improving physical function in those who remained sedentary, said George Kelley, D.A., lead author of the study.   

For this study, the researchers used a meta-analytic approach. In meta-analysis, the results of multiple studies on a particular topic are consolidated to draw conclusions about a body of research and provide direction for future research.

“These findings may be particularly important given the increasing number of older adults in our society,” Kelley said. “Based on U.S. Census data, the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 35 million in 2000 to 71.5 million in 2030.”

The study appears in the June issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology, the official research journal of the Southern Gerontological Society.

 



 

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Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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