JAMA Article on Daily Activity for Older Adults
RTs have long known that physical activity doesn't have to be strenuous in order for it to be beneficial. Today's research provides scientific evidence to support that notion. This new research should encourage RTs to provide physical activity programs for older clients. The research is also one more piece of evidence that should lead universities to the conclusion that they must prepare their graduates in RT with a basic background in the provision of physical activities.
I would urge RTs and RT educators to read the article. Perhaps RT researchers will want to do a follow-up study with older clients in RT programs. (Are you reading this Carmen?) The reference is Manini, Todd M. et. al, Daily activity energy expenditure and mortality among older adults. JAMA. Vol. 296, No. 2, pp. 171 - 179.