Walking Can Help Older Adults Recover From Major Disability More Quickly

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Thomas M. Gill, M.D. Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Investigative Medicine Director, Yale Program on Aging/Pepper Center

Dr. Thomas M. Gill

Thomas M. Gill, M.D.
Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Investigative Medicine
Director, Yale Program on Aging/Pepper Center

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Maintaining independent mobility is an important goal of clinical medicine and public health, especially among older persons, who are at the greatest risk for disability.

By adopting a walking routine and other moderate physical activities, older adults can recover from a major disability more quickly, and maintain their independence over time.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Our report strengthens the evidence supporting the benefit and long-term value of physical activity in promoting independent mobility among a growing population of vulnerable older persons.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Studies are needed to determine whether comparable physical activity programs can be disseminated widely into the community and perhaps become a Medicare benefit.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Thank you for your interest.

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Citation:
Gill TM, Guralnik JM, Pahor M, Church T, Fielding RA, King AC, et al. Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Overall Burden and Transitions Between States of Major Mobility Disability in Older Persons: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized, Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 27 September 2016] doi:10.7326/M16-0529

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