'Significant health benefits' for active pensioners

Elderly people who become active will reap "significant health benefits" by averting major ill health and degenerative diseases like dementia, new research has found.

Pensioners who exercise once a week are more likely to "age healthily" according the BMJ. Credit: Reuters

According to a wide ranging study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, pensioners who took part in moderate or vigorous physical activity once a week were three times more likely to be healthy agers.

The study, which looked at OAPs over an eight year period, said older regular exercisers were three times more likely to be healthy. Researchers said the benefits were clear for those who became active later in life:

"Sustained physical activity was prospectively associated with improved healthy ageing - absence of disease, freedom from disability, high cognitive and physical functioning, good mental health."