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Study Finds Senior Women Spend Two-Thirds of Day Sedentary But There’s More to the Story...

Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 9:00AM


Grandma in her Rocking Chair All Day Stereotype Challenged: Study Brings to Light New Finding


Study Finds Senior Women Spend Two-Thirds of Day Sedentary But There’s More to the Story...

It is common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle negatively affects a person’s overall health and well-being, and that is especially true as we age. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston used devices to track the daily movement of 7,200 women in their early 70’s. Their research suggests that women in senior living are more likely to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, and spend approximately two-thirds (10 hours) of the day sitting or laying down. As researchers looked deeper into the data, however, they were surprised by one finding in particular…

Although the women in the study were sedentary for most of the day, researchers unexpectedly discovered how frequently the participants broke up the time spent inactive. The women were only sedentary for short periods at a time and then they would get up and move regularly throughout the day. Only one third of the sedentary time spent in the day was spent totally inactive for a period of time over 30 minutes.

As people age, there tends to be a decrease in their activity level due to physical limitations, such as join stiffness, pain, arthritis, and chronic illness. Activity also decreases for seniors who are overweight or obese. With a sedentary lifestyle comes a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, certain types of cancer, and many other illnesses. Fortunately, today there is an increased awareness within our assisted living facilities of the dangers associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

 Here in Volusia County assisted living facilities incorporate fitness activities into daily life. Residence are encouraged to get moving and engage with others through a variety of activities, regardless of fitness level. Whether it be a morning walk, outing with a family member, or a low-impact group fitness class, there are lots of ways to keep Grandma out of that rocking chair! Follow this link for some practical tips for how to keep your senior parent active. https://goo.gl/uESEF5

Stayed tuned to the County Health Care Guide Blog to learn more about assisted-living, senior care, senior placement, and important senior news in Volusia County. From Daytona to Port Orange to New Smyrna, the County Health Care Guide is the only resource you need!

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