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Even Low Levels of Exercise Is Valuable. NEW STUDY. November 25, 2017
New European research has found that when it comes to exercising in our senior years, something is better than nothing for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Carried out by the Academic Medical Centre, in Amsterdam, the 18-year study looked at 24,502 adults aged 39 to 79 years to compare the association between different levels of physical activity and the risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly to middle-aged individuals.
Innovations Ease Older Age Living December 31, 2016
Trend #1: Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives for Seniors
Innovations in surgery, pharmaceuticals and other medical care continue to extend the life of human beings. But for those additional days to be happy and fulfilling ones, seniors need to maintain physical wellness, mental acuity and social engagement.
Technology can play a key role in this. Basic technologies such as visual doorbells and simplified video conferencing help seniors stay connected with friends and family. Wearables encourage people to be more active. And popular apps such as Lumosity and CogniFit are proving to be supportive of improved brainpower.
Dr. David Rhew, chief medical officer at Samsung Electronics America, envisions a future where these first-wave technologies morph into even more powerful tools to enrich senior life. Fitness, socialization and cognitive training programs will be unified and customized to address the needs and capabilities of each individual. Gamification techniques will help motivate entire communities of seniors to strive for better personal performance.
“Technology can clearly help seniors achieve much better outcomes as they age,” Rhew says. “The key is to create digital experiences that promote the broadest possible adoption and the most complete possible utilization of available resources.”
More to come on this subject.
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Exercise Helps Depression December 30, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Factors such as advanced age and greater aerobic capacity increase the likelihood that exercise will work as a treatment for depression in elderly patients, a recent study published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown.
The research expands the Safety and Efficacy of Exercise for Depression in Seniors (SEEDS) study, which found that exercise together with the antidepressant medication sertraline was significantly more effective in reducing depression symptoms than sertraline alone. The combined treatment approach, however, worked well for some but not all study participants.
“There isn’t a lot of information available to help clinicians decide who should receive exercise therapy and who is less likely to benefit from it,” said senior author Klea Bertakis, professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis. “We wanted to better understand the modifiers of exercise therapy for depression.”
The risk of depression, along with its accompanying risks of physical disease and suicide, increases with age. It is thought to affect more than two million Americans over 65. That estimate, however, could be low, since depression is often overlooked or incorrectly considered a normal part of growing older.
Primary care has become a critically important setting for reducing the rates of undiagnosed and undertreated depression among the elderly, Bertakis said.
“We are the sole health care contacts for more than 50 percent of older patients with mental illness,” Bertakis said. “With remission rates of just 28 to 44 percent, even with first-line antidepressants, there is a huge need for find alternative treatments for depression for this population.”
SEEDS involved about 120 study participants between the ages of 65 and 85. All were sedentary, diagnosed with clinical depression and patients of primary care clinics in Italy. Primary care and mental health care are linked services in Italy, making it an ideal location for the study.
One group received sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor thought to work by balancing brain chemistry. Another group received sertraline plus low-intensity exercise such as mat work. A third group received sertraline plus high-intensity exercise using exercise bicycles. Participants who received the combined treatment achieved depression remission more frequently and earlier than those who just received sertraline.
For the current study, all three SEEDS groups were evaluated for depression symptoms as well as sociodemographic, physical and medical, psychiatric and cognitive factors. The results showed that the exercise interventions were especially effective for those who were aged 75 or older, who were taking three or more daily medications, who had higher aerobic capacity before beginning the intervention or who had fewer symptoms of anxiety.
One of the most interesting outcomes was that exercise was more effective at reducing depression for patients with psychomotor impairments, a common outcome of depression that reduces mobility, speech and executive function. Studies have shown that antidepressant medications like sertraline tend to be less effective in patients with psychomotor impairments.
“It’s possible that exercise on its own benefited this group more or that it changed brain chemistry in ways that helped make sertraline more effective,” Bertakis said. “There needs to be more research to tease out the benefits of exercise for this group, because psychomotor impairments can be some of the most disabling features of depression.”
The study overall proves that the elderly are not a homogenous population when it comes to depression treatment.
“We need to continue to find new options for older patients with depression and overcome the ‘one size fits all’ treatment approach,” Bertakis said.
The research team is currently studying alternative treatments to sertraline for depressed elderly patients with anxiety, including breathing and postural exercises.
Bertakis’ primary collaborator was lead author Stamatula Zanetidou from the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service in Bologna. Their co-authors were Martino Belvederi Murri, Marco Menchetti, Giulio Toni, Fabrizio Asioli, Luigi Bagnoli, Donato Zocchi, Matteo Siena, Barbara Assirelli, Claudia Luciano, Mattia Masotti, Carlo Specia, Monica Magagnoli, Mirco Neri and Mario Amore.
Autumn A Time For A Change? September 18, 2016
With the shorter days coming and the prospect of chilly weather, you may be thinking about suspending your outdoor activities.
Here in Cheltenham I offer AquaSplash exercise sessions in a private pool twice every week.
Monday & Thursday 14:30-15:15
With 2 hours Free parking, good public transport connections and lift access to all levels there really is no excuse!
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Masters Sport – More Please! August 17, 2016
Does the Same Exercise Work At Any Age? July 15, 2016
Body is very youthful, resilient, and has not experienced pain from previous injuries yet. Risk tolerance is higher and should be kept in check, while continuously pushing limits and maintaining safety. This is the era for body design.
Body is extremely capable and muscle is easiest to grow; rather than focus on ‘impact’-based activities, we’re going to focus on joint stability, core strength, and developing a ‘life’ muscle base. This way, your metabolism stays high for a very long time to come.
Physical endurance, speed maintenance, and youthful aging become the priorities. Working on the ‘inside’ of your body becomes more important than ever before, and you experience the consequences of years of prolonged sitting, standing, or repetitive motions you’ve done at work and at home. Counter-acting aging becomes the highest priority to maintain and improve the quality of your life, and time is more of a factor than ever before.
This is the era that requires you re-build strength. Your metabolism is naturally slowing down, hormonal changes related to aging are taking place in both genders, and anti-aging exercise, nutrition, and mindset become the focal points of life, rather than career or education. This is the peek of your career, the onset of golden years, and the moment that makes you want to give back and teach others. The example you set now is one others will live by for years to come.
Body, figure, balance, pain elimination. Time to ‘tune in’ your body, activate as much muscle as possible, and take your body slightly out of the comfort zone every day, so you can move like a kid again.
Having just completed a second Instructor training course for the ageing population I know that although generally any movement and activity will promote health and wellbeing at any age.
What I have learnt over a thirty year career working with adults of all ages, is that those clients that exercise in a meaningful way, regularly more than 3 times a week are in much better shape than those that use increasing age as a reason NOT to exercise.
The technical side of exercise programming for me is about getting my older clients, those over 40, off the treadmill, cycle, stepper and rower. Then persuading them to pick up some weights or a restance band on a regular basis. Everything falls into place when you maintain or increase your lean muscle mass.
It is absolutely true that you can gain and regain fitness at any age.
Join a specialist gym – where the trainers understand ageing, understand that being over 50 doesn’t mean that you’re disabled and weak, or that you will benefit from a nice easy walk on a treadmill for an hour!
Find an experienced and educated trainer – who will plan a strength training program for you, to maintain important postural muscles and promote healthy movement and wellbeing.
Independence, Falling & Joints – the correct exercises will maintain your independent lifestyle, prevent you falling or just as important your fear of falling.
The right trainer will also advise you how to improve your nutrition and how best to keep your joint moving too.
Specialist Health Clubs are popping up all over, but your local community centre or village hall will have something fun and active for you to join in. Buy a dog, borrow a dog, join a walking group – just DO something EVERY DAY!!