Senior years are the time when many individuals reach for pills in order to stave off high cholesterol or maintain their bone strength. However, these therapies can come with side effects and researchers are increasingly suggesting that alternative approaches may be effective while also being safer.
For example, according to a team from the University of British Columbia, a muscle-strengthening exercise program may have a significant impact on the well-being of individuals between the ages of 65 and 75.
They reached this conclusion after conducting a follow-up to a previous study on the effectiveness of once- or twice-weekly strength training in this age group. The results showed that the elderly participants not only had better cognitive function, including memory, but also experienced fewer falls and were more physically active overall.
The study's authors point out that this has implications not only for individual health outcomes, but can also help reduce healthcare costs, which have dramatically escalated in America in recent decades.
Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of this research in a December 2010 issue.