Home-based programs may extend life

April 7, 2009 2:14:00 PM PDT
Home-based programs for seniors could extend their lives by as much as 3 1/2 years. A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Association found home-based programs that include occupational and physical therapy as well as some minor home modifications can help people live longer.

The study included more than 300 people at an average age of 79 who were still living at home but were just beginning to encounter some function challenges. The study found the home-based program allowed seniors to maintain their independence providing physical, social and psychological benefits.


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