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Functional power, mobility training boosts strength in older adults

Data on 300 older residents of 22 retirement communities in Australia found residents who engaged in dual-task functional power and mobility training improved muscle strength, reaction time and mobility and may have reduced their risk of falling, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The intervention consisted of 45- to 60-minute high-velocity strength and mobility conditioning as well as cognitive or motor tasks twice a week for six months, followed by a six-month maintenance period, and the researchers noted that only about 40% of the intervention group fully adhered to the regimen.

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