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Exercise is good preventive medicine.
After 40, muscle and bone mass decrease every year, eventually leading to instability, falls, and fractures. In fact, 1 in 3 adults 50 years and older experience at least one fall per year which leads to ever-increasing inactivity and physical decline. This age-related reduction in muscle mass, strength, and physical performance is known as sarcopenia. Osteoporosis, obesity, and many other age-related conditions are associated with or made worse by sarcopenia.
So, if muscle and bone mass are maintained or improved, will health improve? Many studies show the answer is a resounding YES, and the preventive medicine is simple.
Remember, consistency and patience are key when it comes to gaining muscle and bone mass. It may take time to see significant results, but with dedication and the right approach, you may find that exercise is indeed your fountain of youth.
Did you know that Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey? So we know a thing or two about helping seniors “age in place” to avoid hospitalization and nursing homes, and also what services people need to recover from illness and surgery at home. We suggest that you learn more about our home health care services and make a plan to age at home before you have a health emergency.
Medicare and supplemental insurance often do not cover all the care our patients and caregivers need. If you would like to help, please visit vnannj.org/donate or call VNA Foundation at 973-451-4148.