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Research suggests that older people are fitter today than in the past

23rd April 2015

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

According to a new study, people aged 75 are more likely to be fitter today than those who were 75 twenty years ago. The research was conducted in Berlin, where more than 700 older people over the age of 60 were tested for their cognitive functioning and rated for personal well-being.

Those who were surveyed also reported that they were more satisfied with their life, when compared with data from those questioned in the early 1990s as part of the Berlin Aging Study. It is thought that the improvement in fitness and life satisfaction is due to ‘sociocultural factors’, such as better education and increased independence, which can be aided by using mobility aids like stairlifts in the home.

The collaborative study involved several research institutions in Germany, which included the Humboldt-Universit