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Exercise for Seniors in Nursing Homes Can Boost Mental Well-Being, Social Engagement

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Tailored exercise programs led by accredited exercise physiologists don’t just provide physical benefits for residents living in nursing homes — they improve mental wellbeing and social engagement, according to a new study.

In a series of studies, Dr. Annette Raynor, an associate professor from the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Australia, investigated the benefits of a 12-week exercise program delivered by an accredited exercise physiologist for older adults living in three different residential aged care facilities in Perth, Australia.

According to health authorities, more than 50 percent of the 230,000 Australian residents living in aged care experience symptoms of depression.

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