The next time you want to feel stronger, think about volunteering. Though it may seem like an odd link to make, a study is reporting that volunteering your time and energy might help to battle frailty.
According to Alan Mozes’ article Volunteering May Keep Elderly Stronger, the report is from the analysis of data that tracked the activities of more than 1,000 physically active men and women in their 70s who were described as “reasonably high-functioning.” The results? “Those who spent time volunteering were less likely to become frail,” the study said.
While Dr. Catherine Sarkisian, an associate professor of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, said this doesn’t prove that volunteering can prevent frailty in total, she said benefits are bubbling to the surface. “This [study] suggests that maybe there is something about working to help other people — and getting outside yourself — that has benefits for the elderly, both mentally and physically,” Sarkisian said. T
he MacArthur Study of Successful Aging originally collected the data between 1988 and 1991. For this study, frailty was assessed on five criteria: weight loss, weakness in grip strength, exhaustion, slow movement. and low levels of physical activity. Keep these five items in mind when judging if your own level of frailty requires action!
The caregivers at Home Care Assistance Columbus can help you overcome the frailties that reduce your independence. Give and Grow Young!