Exercise can reduce depression & dependence in the elderly

It is a known fact that exercise at any age can benefit health. But, is there any outer limit beyond which the benefits of exercise are diminished?

A study was done in Brazil with elderly population to assess effects of exercise on biochemical, inflammatory, and anthropometric indices and functional performance in frail, institutionalized elderly people.

The study consisted of 37 elderly people of both sexes, with an average age of 76 years. The functional tests and biochemical evaluation of all test subjects were measured before and after the completion of a physical exercise program, which lasted for 12 weeks.

The study concluded that the 12-week exercise program was effective in significantly improving muscle strength, speed, agility, and biochemical variables. , with reversal of the frailty condition in a considerable number.

The test parameters showing highest improvement were depression rates, which came down from 29% to 18% and dependence which fell down from 36% to 0% in the exercise group. As expected, there were no significant improvements in the control group which did not participate in the 12-week exercise.

Conclusions summarized for you:

Exercise can be initiated even at later age in life. It will benefit you.

Exercise reduces dependence on care givers.

Exercise significantly reduces depression rates in elderly, probably due to feel good factor associated with higher independence and also because exercise releases endorphins which are known to improve mood.

From – Avant Bio Research News Desk

Reference Article : Research Article : Effects of a 12-Week Exercise Training Program on Physical Function in Institutionalized Frail Elderly

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