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Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people

A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, perhaps the single most important factor in whether vulnerable older people can maintain their independence, a study has found.

Older people who lose their mobility have higher rates of disease, disability, and death. A substantial body of research has shown the benefits of regular physical activity for a variety of populations and health conditions. But none has identified a specific intervention to prevent mobility disability.

Research consortium including NIH proposes diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia

Sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass often associated with weakness, is a commonly recognized cause of disability in older people. However, without consensus on ways to specifically measure this condition, the development of interventions for sarcopenia has been challenging. Now, a team of researchers proposes a comprehensive set of diagnostic criteria, presented April 15, 2014, in six special articles in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity

The Pacific Rim International Conference (Pac Rim) on Disability & Diversity has been widely recognized over the past 27 years as one of the most “diverse gatherings” in the world.

Hip replacement information now on NIHSeniorHealth.gov

Information about hip replacement—including reasons to have the surgery, how to prepare for and recover from it, and ways to avoid complications—has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health. Consumers can visit http://nihseniorhealth.gov/hipreplacement/whoneeds/01.html to learn more about this surgery, which occurs most often among people between 60 and 80 years of age.

Exercise and Physical Activity

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Learn about types of exercise, such as for strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility, and discover the benefits of physical activity.

NIA and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. ARRA was created to jumpstart the economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

Exercise & Physical Activity

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Get moving! This 120-page guide describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older people. Learn how to set exercise goals and stick to them. Includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility and a list of resources.

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Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging

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Image of older man looking into distanceBased on findings from the first 50 years of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging and other NIA research, this 28-page booklet addresses how aging research has changed over time and shares some of what has been learned about aging well.

Aging Hearts and Arteries

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Older adults are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Get in-depth information about the effects of aging on the heart, blood vessels, and other parts of the body.

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