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Some Facts • Researchers say people who are fit at age 50 are 36 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia in their 70s and 80s. The benefits continue as the decades pass: Being fit at 70 reduces your risk of developing dementia by 32 percent. • Weakened bones cause 2 million fractures every year. When we exercise, we not only improve our muscle tone, but put a demand on our bones that may even cause them to become stronger. • Regular exercise will strengthen your heart and help you sleep better.

It is never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. Title IX has indirectly led to a seismic increase in the number of fitness programs available for older

GET YOUR GAME ON! adults. Of course, for women who grew up in the pre-Title IX era this might take a little planning. Chronic pain, arthritis, joint replacements, diabetes, or even blood pressure concerns may make heading straight out to the gym unfathomable. Fortunately, a few personal trainers specialize in older adult fitness and some hold advanced certifications in medical exercise. Talk to your primary care provider about enlisting an expert to help you prioritize and navigate a fitness plan. Then check out what the local parks department or senior center has to offer. Whatever you do, don’t let your granddaughter have all the fun. It’s your turn to keep your body healthy and protect your mind.

Title IX never mentions sports. The legislation was meant to ensure that both girls and boys had access to programs paid for by federal funds. What the signers did not know at the time is that they had signed legislation that could prevent some forms of cancer, reverse a diagnosis of Type II pre-diabetes, and reduce falls in older adults. The National Diabetes Prevention Program has demonstrated that you can turn-around a diagnosis of pre-diabetes (Type II). People 65 and over, who took up exercise and lost a little weight, have a greater than 70 percent chance of never developing diabetes. Two million fractures every year occur due to weakened bones. Regular exercise improves your sense of balance, increases muscle strength so that you can stay on your feet and may improve bone density.

COME PLAY WITH US! LIFELONG RECREATION PROGRAMS FOR 50+

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3rd Act Magazine – Fall 2016  

3rd Act Magazine is a bold, fresh, lifestyle magazine for older adults. Well written and informative articles to help all of us age with co...