Geriatric Exercise: Get Them Moving!

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2015-03

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Kalathil, Josin
Ebot, James
Patel, Amol
Rao, Gautam
Gregorio, David

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As we get older, the physiological changes that occur in our body systems begin to limit our ability to perform at the level we once did as young adults. Most people gain weight, and on average there is an increase in Blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Limitations in our musculoskeletal system puts a strain on movement and most adults 65 years and above are living with multiple comorbidities either in hospitals or nursing homes. While these changes are inevitable and will eventually catch up with each and every one of us, numerous studies have shown that a healthy life style which includes good nutrition and regular exercise can slow down these changes, prevent some of these diseases and even enable most adults to lead healthy and independent lives into their 80s. Exercise is especially important, not only because it can prevent high blood pressure and its related comorbidities, it can also strengthen the joints and help with movement and stability. In this poster, we show how to conduct a fall assessment and identify local community resources that are available to help older adults live more active and healthy lives.

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Research Appreciation Day Award Winner - 2015 Medical Student Government Association - Best in 2nd Year

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