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Elderly urged to be more active

Independent Age

Older Britons have been advised to remain physically and mentally active into their elderly years.

The Independent Age charity said that strength and mobility are essential for enjoying a long and healthy life.

Caroline Moye, head of communications at the organisation, urged elderly people to get out and about, even if it is just for gentle exercise.

Her comments come after a study published in the British Medical Journal suggested that strong handshake may be linked to longer life expectancy.

Simple physical acts such as gripping or rising from a chair help longevity and people who make sure they do this little bit tend to live longer, the study noted.

"A handshake isn't just a physical activity, it's a social one too," Ms Moye explained.

"Saying 'hello' to another person is part of a web of social contact that is vital for older people, particularly if they live alone, so any strength of handshake is better than no handshake at all."

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Care of the elderly news : 28 September 2010