Thirty-one million U.S. adults ages 50 years and older are inactive and are not getting any physical activity beyond basic movement for daily life activities, says a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Senior Adults Exercising

Exercise is important for people over the age of 50.

The CDC looked at data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and found that inactivity significantly increased as age increased.  Almost 28 percent of adults ages 50 years plus were inactive, including 25 percent of adults 50-64 years, 27 percent of those 65-74 years and 35 percent of those over 75.

Nurse case managers should be encouraging their patients to exercise. Read more on the HHS.gov blog or learn more here about CDC recommended physical activity programs for adults over the age of 50.