According to the United States Census Bureau, by the year 2030, the number of individuals in the United States 65 years and over will reach 70 million, and all baby boomers will be over 65.
It is important to note that muscle mass decreases as we age. Declining muscle mass means declining balance and weakening bones. It is essential to work on increasing exercise to maintain muscle mass because, without it, we can lose mobility and thereby independence. Good news is that muscle mass can be increased at any age with exercise.
Older adults need to participate in strength building exercises at least two days of the week. The exercises can include walking, running, working out with exercise stretch bands, or light weights. The activity should be relative to physical ability and intensity should increase over time.
Older People Projected to Outnumber Children for First Time in U.S. History [Internet] United States Census Bureau. Available from: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-41-population-projections.html