Date: April 3, 2015
Source: Medical University of Vienna
Many over-65-year-olds are frail, or in a preliminary stage of frailty. A new study aims to raise fitness levels and quality of life for older people whose nutritional condition is inadequate. The first results show that regular strength training is particularly beneficial for increasing hand strength, and thus enabling people to live independently, says a researcher.
“Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass, relying on body weight alone is insufficient for the study of healthy aging,” said lead author Rania Mekary, a researcher in HSPH’s Department of Nutrition.
“I often get potential clients questioning whether resistance training might be appropriate for folks getting up in years. The answer is a resounding YES! Not only appropriate, but almost a MUST.”