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Seniors spending their time outdoors benefit better health and longevity

By on November 27, 2017

Older adults walking outside as often as possible have been observed to live longer, healthier lives

According to recent study, elderly people who usually leave their homes every day live longer than the ones spending their time indoors.

As author Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, from the Hadassah Hebrew-University Medical Center in Israel concluded, lack of exercise while leading a sedentary life indoors can severely harm both psychological and physical health. Either suffering from loneliness, depression, functional difficulties or else, older people who do not leave their homes very often significantly diminish their life expectancy, as well as their mental health levels.

During the study, Dr. Jacobs and team discovered that staying indoors is linked with higher mortality rates by assessing 3.375 adults aged between 70 and 90 years. The participants were observed for a period of five years and were asked to fill in questionnaires about their daily habits. Moreover, doctors investigated the patients’ social status and chronic medical conditions.

As a result, the researchers concluded that leaving home on a daily basis and spending more time outdoors lead to lower risk of death.

If aiming for great health while in your elderly years, find natural environments to spend your leisure time and this way empower physical, mental health, as well as your social connections.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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