For many older adults, the loss of independence is often considered a fate worse than death. A 2007 survey of older US adults demonstrated that more seniors feared losing independence (26%) than feared dying (3%). Unfortunately, functional limitations increase predictably with age due to loss of muscle mass and strength. A new study finds that only 16.1% of older adults reported meeting strength training guidelines. The study authors state that ‘to maximally improve the public’s health and to properly implement “Exercise is Medicine,” those with the greatest number of functional limitations should be performing strength training the most. Older patients who have functional limitations often believe they would be physically unable to do activities such as strength training, rather than that they need strength training.’
Older Adults Reduce Functional Limitations with Strength Training
About the Author: Dean Smith, DC, PhD
Dean Smith, DC, PhD, husband, and father of two children, is a highly respected health and wellness authority. He is a chiropractor at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center and a researcher and clinical professor at Miami University. Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).