A new Northwestern University study found that seniors who suffer from arthritis need just 45 minutes per week of movement to help maintain functional independence. This is lower than the Federal guidelines which suggest 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
Only 1 in 10 senior Americans who suffer with Arthritis in their knees are able to meet the Federal goal. To get the seniors moving, a group of Northwestern Medicine researchers aimed to determine a less challenging time period that many seniors would be able to achieve. Author Dorothy Dunlop, professor of rheumatology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School Medicine said, “For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic.”
This research was supported in part by the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Read the full article by Kristin Samuelson at https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/01/minimal-activity-requirement-older-arthritis-adults/.