According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active.
Despite the age-defying benefits of getting fit, seniors are the least physically active of all Americans–40 percent of women and 30 percent of men more than 70 report they never exercise.
Explore the resources below to learn about the benefits of exercise, the dangers of inactivity and helpful tips on getting started:
- Exercise: A Drug-Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure – From the Mayo Clinic “Your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age, but getting some exercise can make a big difference. And if your blood pressure is already high, exercise can help you control it.”
- Exercise and Fitness as You Age and Exercise and Fitness Over 50 – From org “As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging.”
- Exercise & Physical Activity – Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging. This is a rich source of inspiration such as “Walking 2 miles a day at the mall will help you keep up with your grandchildren during a trip to the park.” and information such as sample exercises and how to fit exercises easily into everyday life.
- Exercise and Stroke Prevention From ACLS (certification) Training Center with information about strokes, how to recognize a stroke, what to do and treatments.
- Health & Aging: Seniors and Swimming From In the Swim: Blog (Discount Pool Supplies & Equipment) detailing the benefits of using the pool to improve health.
Below are some resources to help you learn more about health issues in Kansas and about federal health programs:
- Kansas Health Institute Follow what’s happening within Kansas regarding health policy. Topics in this website include: Health Reform, Community Health Improvement, Health Impact Assessment, Access to Care, Medicaid and CHIP, and Public Health Systems and services. KHI’s research often leads to briefs and publications for policymakers.
- Medicare – Health insurance for people 65 +. This site covers numerous topics about this health insurance benefit. It has a Getting Started With Medicare section as well as a way to apply for Medicare online. It also includes sections about Medicare costs, what it covers, drug coverage and supplements & other Insurance.
RxAssist – Patient Assistance Program – Financial assistance with prescription medication. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a database of these patient assistance programs, as well as tools, news, and articles for health care professionals and patients.