Rush University Medical Center in Chicago completed a study evaluating decrease in leg strength with predicted declines in mobility. The study reports that decline in mobility is associated with “disability, institutionalization and mortality”. Participants in the study included over 900 community dwelling older adults without dementia.  The study found that physical activity and leg strength are independent predictors of mobility decline in older adults.  Although physical activity improves strength it is not the only predictor of mobility.  The good news is that all types of physical activity may result in positive effects related to mobility.  Additional information about the study may be viewed at

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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