Rehab & Pain Management Supplies Help Older Adults Stay Active

Rehab products and pain management supplies could help elderly adults be more physically active. Over 30 million American people aged 50 or older are physically inactive, a new CDC study published in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found. It’s no secret that aging individuals become increasingly prone to painful, crippling conditions such as arthritis, which in turn result in a sedentary lifestyle. This, added to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, some cancers, and other conditions cancers that become more common as people age, puts the elderly at an increased risk of early death.

Fortunately, rehab products and pain management supplies are available that can be used prior to – and, why not, following – physical activity. “Adults benefit from any amount of physical activity,” chief of CDC’s Physical Activity and Health Branch and one of the authors of the report, Dr. Janet E. Fulton, said. “Helping inactive people become more physically active is an important step towards healthier and more vibrant communities.”

Researchers from the CDC reviewed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to check patterns of inactivity among adults ages 50 and older, and found the following:

·         The percentage of inactivity was higher among women (29.4) than in men (25.5).

·         Inactivity varied by race and inactivity  

-        Hispanics (32.7%).

-        Non-Hispanic blacks (33.1%).

-        Non-Hispanic whites (26.2%).

-        Other groups (27.1%).

·         Inactivity increased with age

-        25.4% for adults 50-64 years.

-        26.9% for people 65-74 years.

-        35.3% for people 75 years and older.

·         Adults with at least one chronic disease were more inactive (31.9%) than adults with no chronic disease (19.2 percent).

·         Inactivity was highest in the South (30.1%) followed by the Midwest (28.4%) and the Northeast (26.6%).

·         Inactivity was lowest in the West (23.1%).

Growing older does not mean one should just go gently into that sweet night. Here are plenty of good reasons to remain active well into the autumn years:

·         Physical activity decreases the risk of premature death and can delay or prevent such chronic conditions as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers.

·         Non-institutionalized adults (i.e., people not living in institutions such as correctional facilities, long-term care hospitals, or nursing homes and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces) aged 50 years and older account for $860 billion in healthcare expenditure each year; physical activity can help prevent and manage 4 in 5 of the most costly chronic conditions for this age group.

·         Physical activity helps elderly adults to remain independent and lowers the risk of falling and breaking bones, and can also improve mental health and delay dementia and cognitive decline.

On a final note, keep in mind that people of any age should consult their healthcare provider before they use rehab products and pain management supplies and/or start an exercise regimen.

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