Improving with Age

A group of older people sitting in a circle around a BBQ plate in the early eveningA new study led by University of Sydney has found that people become more active, sleep better and reduce their sitting time when they retire. 

Clearly a shift in thinking by policy makers who think that the “burden of an ageing population” means more aged care places and services. Policies can no longer be based on the ideas of the past. Baby boomers are not only going to be a force to be reckoned with, but they are more likely to have more energy than the policy makers if this article is anything to go by! And they will need more suitable housing and infrastructure to be available to stay independent and healthy! Baby boomers are clearly not all destined for support services and specialised living arrangements just yet? It’s time to drop the idea that older people are a big problem and we need more aged care and more retirement villages. The picture shows a group of people aged 55-80 years enjoying a BBQ in an outback location after a day of walking on rough terrain!

This item was found on Science Daily.  The source material and full report can be found in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Reference:  Ding Ding, Anne C. Grunseit, Josephine Y. Chau, Kha Vo, Julie Byles, Adrian E. Bauman. Retirement—A Transition to a Healthier Lifestyle?American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2016; DOI:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.01.019