Participating in a simple exercise and education program could be the key to maintaining your mobility and reducing your need for healthcare services, according to new research.
Researchers in the U.K. followed more than 600 adults over the course of two years. The average age of the group was 77 and they took part in a year-long program that included either regular exercise, education and socializing sessions, or three workshops centred on healthy aging, reports Wake Forest University. At the end of the two-year period, those who took part in the program had made significant gains when it came to their physical functioning. They also used healthcare services less often when compared to the control group.
A Wake Forest University health and exercise science professor makes note that these findings are the result of just two years. Community-based programs such as this program for older adults appear to be hugely beneficial and can be managed at an affordable cost when you consider the alternative cost when it comes to the healthcare system.