Date of Award
Master of Art
Anita J. Washington
Statistics show the American population is aging at an explosive rate. The correlation between fitness and the aging process is once again becoming a ripe area for study. Previous studies show that fitness can improve quality of life and health for the elderly. A new defined category of seniors known as the young-old has emerged. This category is comprised of seniors that range in age from 55- 65. This study focuses on the relationship between routine exercise and quality of life issues for the young-old. Subjects for this study were 15 retired military soldiers. Subjects were asked to complete a survey which measured frequency of exercise and overall status of health. The results revealed that as the frequency of exercise decreases among the young-old, the potential for health problems increase. A discussion of this study and its results are given.
Mingo, David B., "Fitness and the Elderly" (2001). Theses. 398.
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