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Mobility Improvements are Found in Older Veterans After 6-Months of Gerofit Regardless of BMI Classification.

J Aging Phys Act; : 1-22, 2019 Jun 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31170861
Veterans represent a unique population of older adults as they are more likely to self-report disability and be overweight or obese compared to the general population. We sought to compare changes in mobility function across the obesity spectrum in older Veterans participating in six-months of Gerofit, a clinical exercise program. 270 Veterans completed baseline, three, and six-month functional assessment and were divided post-hoc into groups: normal weight, overweight, and obese. Physical function assessment included: ten-meter walk time, six-minute walk distance, 30-second chair stands, and eight-foot up-and-go time. No significant weight x time interactions were found for any measure. However, significant (P<0.02) improvements were found for all mobility measures from baseline to three-months and maintained at six-months. Six-months of participation in Gerofit, if enacted nationwide, appears to be one way to improve mobility and function in older Veterans at high risk for disability regardless of weight status.