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Place of conference
Blaine House Conference on Aging
It has been scientifically proven that preventative measures such as regular physical activity and healthy eating are crucial in maintaining good health, reducing the impact of disease, delaying disability, and reducing the need for expensive long term care for older adults. Among individuals in Maine aged 65 or older, 43 percent are overweight, 18 percent are obese, and 36 percent do not do any leisure time physical activities. Most of these individuals suffer from one or more chronic health problems. This can be avoided by incorporating moderate physical activity, good nutrition, and no smoking, thus delaying disability by as much as ten years. Options for health strategies among older adults involve wellness programs, physical activities, preventing falls, nutrition, and cross-cutting. However, weather is a huge barrier to these options in the state of Maine. By establishing networks and community opportunities, the health of older individuals can be bettered for an extended period of time.
Walsh, Mary; Haynes, Peggy; Sady, Chris; and L'Italien, Matt, "Healthy Aging" (2006). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 30.
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