Exercise Programs for Senior Women Gillette WY

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Wright Ball Field Complex
(307) 464-1355
1201 E Elkhorn Dr
Wright, WY
 
Recreation Center Gymnasium
(307) 682-8527
1000 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
 
Powder River Academy of Taekwondo Llc
(307) 685-2900
107 E 3rd St
Gillette, WY
 
Pace Fitness for Women
(307) 686-8100
405 W Boxelder Rd Ste B4
Gillette, WY
 
Wind River Fitness Center
(307) 332-2811
943 Amoretti St
Lander, WY
 
Club Energize
(307) 686-7627
2701 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
 
Indian Hills Home Owners Assoc
(307) 686-0679
1000 Indian Hills Dr
Gillette, WY
 
Gillette Physical Therapy
(307) 682-4900
201 W Lakeway Rd Ste 700
Gillette, WY
 
Club Energize
(307) 686-7627
2701 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
 
Sheridan Snap Fitness
(307) 673-0115
2240 Coffeen Ave.
Sheridan, WY
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History of Exercise Helps Elderly Women Avoid Falls

It's commonly known that elderly people are at risk of falling and potentially hurting themselves. Lots of different factors can be involved in these falls, including poor vision and medication use. But some of the most important factors are musculoskeletal ones--those having to do with balance and the strength of muscles and bones.

Swiss scientists recently studied this relationship. They wanted to know how closely related musculoskeletal factors were to bone density, and whether both factors could predict an elderly person's risk of falling.

The study was conducted at two Swiss hospitals with extended-stay geriatric units. One hundred thirty-four patients were given a mobility test, musculoskeletal tests that measured (among other things) strength and reach, and ultrasound on the heel bone to determine bone density. Patients were also asked to report their activity in sports before age 40. The study included 96 women (average age 85.1) and 38 men (average age 81.8), none of whom were able to live independently at the time of the study. Nurses at one of the two hospitals monitored falls among 94 of these patients for 12 months. A fall was considered "unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor, or other lower level."

The researchers found that regular exercise (at least once per week) before age 40 had little impact on the muscle strength of the elderly patients. However, the women who exercised regularly before age 40 had significantly higher bone density. They also fell less frequently, even less than the men in the same category, who had stronger muscles. That's interesting because strength plays a major role in balance. This led researchers to believe that the women had better posture control.

Overall, the researchers found a correlation between bone density and muscle strength and mobility. They determined that elderly women might benefit from rehabilitation focused on strength building. Men, in turn, might benefit from rehabilitat...

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