Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

By ICAA

What do we know about physical activity among older adults?

For starters, physical activity is a powerful means to help prevent age-related loss of function, reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve mental and physical health, and support quality of life.

Older adults who exercise can:

Reduce their risk of heart disease, some cancers, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity; Mediate hypertension, diabetes and depression; Lower their risk of falls and injury; And improve their sleep.…

By ICAA

In today’s society, we’re flooded with negative messages and images about what it means to age and to be an older person. We are constantly exposed to stereotypes that show older adults through a lens of decline and diminished value, emphasizing the “burdens” of growing old. In North America, we seldom hear about the value of older adults, or the rich, untapped potential of an aging population.…

By ICAA

Research published in the British scientific journal Age and Ageing found that older adults are highly knowledgeable about the health benefits of physical activity, yet many remain inactive due to the many barriers to participation. This article examines these barriers and suggests ways in which you and your organization can reduce or eliminate their impact on the physical activity levels of older adults.…

By ICAA

Those of us who work in health and wellness have a tremendous opportunity before us to positively influence the health of well over 100 million aging Americans. The “Baby Boomer and beyond” demographic needs solutions for ongoing health issues—and this group is looking for them.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% of adults ages 65-plus have at least one chronic health issue and, according to the World Health Organization, this age group spends more on health than anything else. …

This week we explore anti-aging effects, Wii Sport use in schools, and low rates of physical fitness in LA youth:

Exercise shows ‘biological clock’ (Source: UPI.com health News) – According to German researchers, long-term physical activity has an anti-aging effect on the body at the cellular level. Wii fitness schools (Source: WBIR.com News) – Carroll County in Maryland is piloting the Wii to get kids excited about exercise – and it seems to be working!…