Did you know that seniors who are more active and less sedentary live longer and save money on health care? That’s the finding of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs.
The study looked at data from more than 6,000 adults over the age of 65 who participated in the National Health and Aging Trends Study. The participants were followed for an average of six years.
The study found that active seniors, defined as those who exercise at least three times a week, are less likely to die prematurely than their sedentary counterparts. They also have lower health care costs, averaging $1,800 less per year.
These findings clearly illustrate the importance of physical activity for maintaining good health and reducing healthcare costs. Seniors who are physically active not only live longer but also enjoy a better quality of life and experience fewer health problems.
The researchers also found that active seniors were 38% less likely to die during the study period than those who were inactive. Additionally, they had lower rates of hospitalization and emergency room visits, and they spent less time in the hospital when they were admitted.
This study further adds to an already expansive growing body of evidence that physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to stay healthy as they age. The benefits greatly outweigh any risks, and there’s really no downside to being physically active.
The findings are especially relevant given the aging of the population. The number of adults over 65 is expected to more than double by 2050, and health care costs are expected to rise along with them.
As the population ages, it’s very important to find ways to keep people healthy and reduce the burden on the health care system. If you’re a senior, or know someone who is, encourage them to get moving and stay active. It could add years to their life and save them money on health care costs.
If you’re not a senior, it’s never too early to start being more physically active. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health. Regular physical activity can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of developing serious diseases, improve your mental health, and increase your chances of living a longer and healthier life.
There are many ways to get more physical activity into your life. Taking a brisk walk every day is a great way to start, and it’s easy to do. Other options include swimming, biking, gardening, and even dancing. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy so you’ll stick with it.
Just be sure to avoid any exercise that puts too much strain on your joints or muscles. If you have any health concerns, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Although Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans cover most senior citizens health care needs, out-of-pocket costs can still be a burden if you don’t maintain good health. A Medicare flex card can help pay for some of your medical expenses, but it’s important to find ways to stay healthy, and avoid costly health problems, which will negatively impact your quality of life.
The bottom line is physical activity is essential for good health at any age. Seniors who are physically active tend to live longer, healthier lives and save money on health care costs. And who doesn’t want that?
There’s no time like the present to start being more active. So, get moving!