Exercise program keeps older adults on their feet

May 27, 2014 5:02 PM

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Exercise program keeps older adults on their feet

In old age, losing the ability to walk a short distance often means losing independence. Now researchers say they have found a treatment that, for some, can prevent that loss of mobility.

The prescription: a moderate exercise program. The program of walking, strength training, stretches and balance exercises was tested on sedentary adults ages 70 to 89, all of whom started out in declining physical condition. Results were published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.

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