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Can Music, Dance, and Other Arts Programs Enhance Healthy Aging?

Although participation in the arts has long been suggested as a beneficial activity for older adults, only recently has there been much formal study of how such participation can enhance healthy aging. “Art for art’s sake” has often been used as an argument for the promotion of the arts, but in environments with limited resources and competing interests, demonstrating...

Is Tai Chi Better for Brain Health Than “Western” Exercises?

Physical exercise has been identified as one of the most effective things an adult can do to reduce risk of cognitive decline, and has been shown to reduce the relative risk of dementia by 28 percent. As an exercise, tai chi has also been suggested to have more benefits than other forms of exercise, due to a number of components that have also been shown to be beneficial to reducing...

Late-Life Physical Activity Associated with Healthy Aging Even among the Previously Inactive

Studies have shown that mid-life physical activity has been associated with better overall health of individuals at older ages. However, the impact of taking up physical activity in later life has not been as closely examined. A recent study addresses the question of the impact of late-life physical activity with outcomes related to healthy aging. At the beginning of this study, a...

150 Minutes per Week of Physical Activity Associated with Healthy Aging

Individuals who are physically active are likely to live longer, but how does physical activity in older adulthood affect quality of life? Does physical activity in later life enhance overall health, including mood and cognitive well-being? A study of over 12,000 Australian men between the ages of 65 and 83 suggests that physical activity can benefit a variety of healthy aging...

Can a Virtual “Health Coach” Increase Physical Activity among Older Adults?

In the United States and many other parts of the world, all age groups show levels of physical activity below that which is medically recommended. While increased physical activity appears to be extremely effective toward improving health and overall well-being among older adults, it is difficult for inactive individuals to increase their levels of activity. Toward addressing this...

Dog Walking, Sense of Community & Physical Activity

Pet ownership appears to support the health of older adults, although assessing its influence is difficult because healthier (and younger) older adults are more likely to own a pet. One benefit of dog ownership is the potential for increased physical activity and socializing that can result from frequent dog walking. Recreational walking and a sense of community (a feeling of...

Dementia & Physical Performance at 90+ Years of Age

The population of individuals age 90 and better is growing, but is not often included in research studies. Research has identified an association between decreased physical performance and cognitive decline in younger older adult populations, but the relationship between physical performance and dementia has not been examined in the oldest old. A study in the Journal of the American...

Low-Cost, Video-Based Exercise Interventions May Be Effective for Improving Strength & Flexibility

Functional physical limitations are a significant risk factor for older adults, as they can lead to isolation, frailty, and increased risk for falls. Exercise training, particularly exercise that focuses on strength and flexibility, has been shown to be an effective means for improving physical function and reducing the risk of functional limitations and physical disability. However,...

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