Health News: All Seniors Benefit from Exercise

All seniors, even those considered frail, can enjoy the benefits of exercise after only three months according to a recent study from the University of Montreal. Frailness is characterized by decreased functional reserves in an individual, which increases vulnerability to stressors and the risk of adverse health effects. Frailty is associated with a higher risk of falls, hospitalizations, cognitive decline, and psychological distress.

This study featured 83 participants between the ages of 61 and 89, some of whom were considered frail. Forty-three individuals took part in group exercises (three times a week for 12 weeks), while the control group of 40 participants did not follow the exercise program. The trained participants showed larger improvements in physical capacity, cognitive performance, and quality of life. Benefits were equivalent among frail and non-frail participants.