Older adults with declining physical function at greater risk of dying

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National Institute on Aging
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Older adults in their 70s who maintain their physical ability to accomplish everyday activities like walking, standing up from a chair, bathing, and dressing may have a lower risk of dying than those with declining physical function, according to an NIA-supported study. The findings, which were published recently in the British Medical Journal, suggest that middle-aged adults in their 50s and 60s may be able to reduce their risk of dying in early older adulthood by working to maintain their physical function.

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