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Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar and Chair Thomas M. Gill on physical activity and disability

Feb 21
2017

Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar and Chair Thomas M. Gill on physical activity and disability View MoreBACK

On February 7, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published new research by 1997 Beeson Scholar and current Beeson Program Advisory Committee Chair Thomas Michael Gill, MD, on the LIFE study looking at physical activity and older adults.


In “Effect of Physical Activity on Self-Reported Disability in Older Adults: Results from the LIFE Study,”  Gill and his co-authors tested the hypothesis that a long-term structured, moderate intensity physical activity (PA) program is more effective than a health education (HE) program in reducing the risk of self-reported dependency and disability in basic activities of daily living (BADLs), disability in instrumental ADLs (IADL), and mobility disability.

The study concluded that a structured physical activity intervention reduces reported severe mobility disability and difficulty on mobility tasks, but not BADL and IADL disability in older adults with functional limitations.

Read the full article here.


Thomas Michael Gill, MD, is the Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Investigative Medicine; Director, Yale Program on Aging; Director, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Director, Yale Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders; Director, Yale Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research.


For more insights by AFAR experts on the relationship between exercise and healthy aging, explore a range of articles here.
 





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