Physical function in sedentary and exercising older veterans as compared to national norms.

Journal Article

We examined the associations between sedentary older veterans, those regularly involved in an outpatient exercise program and physical function. Sedentary and currently exercising older veterans performed a 30 s chair-stand test and 6 min walk test as part of an exercise program. Test results were then compared to national norms. The exercisers' test scores were not significantly different from the national averages. However, their mean 6 min walk score approached being significantly better than the national average (p = 0.095). The sedentary group's scores were significantly lower (p < or = 0.05) than the exercisers' scores and the national averages for both tests. In this cohort, older veterans who maintain a regular program of physical activity function at a level considered average or slightly above average compared to their age-matched peers, while sedentary veterans are significantly below average. Healthcare providers need to stress the importance of regular exercise to their older veteran patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Peterson, MJ; Crowley, GM; Sullivan, RJ; Morey, MC

Published Date

  • September 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 653 - 658

PubMed ID

  • 15558394

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-1352

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States