A group exercise program that incorporated timing and coordination exercises was more effective than a usual care exercise program at improving mobility in community-dwelling older adults, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Walking difficulty is a common, costly condition in older adults,” Jennifer S. Brach, PhD, PT, from the department of physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues wrote. “Walking difficulty contributes to loss of independence, higher rates of morbidity, and increased mortality. Exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health and may prevent walking difficulty. Community based group exercise programs are one option for promoting health and wellness and could potentially be used to improve walking in older adults.”

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