A new study by researchers at the University of Northumbria and published in the journal BMJ Open found that older adults are more likely to stick to an exercise plan prescribed by their doctor than younger patients. The study aimed to find out how many patients followed through with exercise treatment plans as well as who continued with these following the recommended time.
More than 2,200 people in the United Kingdom were evaluated for the study, which showed that older adults were more likely to follow the regimen. According to the research, 81 percent of older patients followed through with starting the treatment and 42 percent completed the full six months of the program.
Those who stuck with it saw improvements to their health and continued to exercise more frequently at the conclusion of the treatment.
In order to help older adults stay active, students and Iowa State University are partnering with the elderly to keep them active. Students from an exercise leadership course provide the adults with an assessment and exercise program to help them build strength and improve their fitness.
In-home senior care can help aging adults improve their overall health and fitness with an exercise routine.