6 July 2009

Association between late-life social activity and motor decline in older adults

Less frequent social activity linked to more rapid loss of motor function in older adults
Rush University Medical Centre: 22 June 2009
Loss of muscle strength, speed and dexterity is a common consequence of aging, and a well-established risk factor for death, disability and dementia. Yet little is known about how and why motor decline occurs when it is not a symptom of disease. Now, researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found that, among the elderly, less frequent participation in social activities is associated with a more rapid decline in motor function. The study is published in the June 22 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. … > full press release

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