Never Too Late - November/December 2023

Healthy Living

FOR ADULTS 65 AND OLDER f P h y s i c a



A single bout of moderate-to vigorous physical activity provides immediate benefits for your health.

Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for chronic disease prevention.

Brain Health

Reduces risks of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and reduces risk of depression

Improves sleep quality Sleep

Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes Heart Health Cancer Prevention Lowers risk of eight cancers: bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, lung, and stomach

Reduces feelings of anxiety Less Anxiety

Reduces blood pressure Blood Pressure

Reduces risk of weight gain Healthy Weight

Improves bone health Bone Strength Helps people live independently longer Independent Living

Emerging research suggests physical activity may also help boost immune function. Nieman, “The Compelling Link,” 201–217. Jones, “Exercise, Immunity, and Illness,” 317–344.

Reduces risks of falls Balance and Coordination

Source: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans , 2nd edition

June 2023

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Pima Council on Aging

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