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Even The Frail Elderly Benefit From Regular Exercise

September 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Regular exercise benefits the elderly, even those who are considered frail, according to research from Canada. Frailty has been associated with a higher risk of falls, hospitalizations, cognitive decline and psychological distress. For the study, 43 of 83 participants between the ages of 61 and 89 years, some of whom were frail, took part in group exercises (three times a week for 12 weeks). A control group of 40 participants did not exercise. Evaluations after three months showed that the exercisers showed larger improvement than the control group in physical capacity, cognitive performance and quality of life.
F. Langlois et al., "Benefits of Physical Exercise Training on Cognition and Quality of Life in Frail Older Adults", The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, September 06, 2012, © Langlois et al.
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