Perfect timing! The same week as my article about strength training and aging was published at trening.no The Norwegian School of Sports Sciences are looking for participants for a study with protein supplementation and strength training.
It can be challenging to get subjects for a scientific study, but this study is a worthy one. Maybe not for you who are reading this right now, but perhaps for a relative of you or for yourself later in life.
Personally, I really wish my grandparents lived closer to me, so I could stop by and train them a little everyday, or at least every week. Because I KNOW it would do wonders for both their physical and mental health. I could try to give them exercises, but every time I talk about the benefits of exercise tho them I get the feeling they don’t quite belive me, no matter how educated they know that I am in the field. This is of course extremely frustrating to me and other members of my family.
I do understand that it can be hard to comprehend that strength training actually CAN help when you are in a lot of pain, have decreased balance, coordination, grip force, strength in general and just the evening ritual of washing oneself up and going to bed seems like a humongous task. Strength training might not be the answer to every age related pain, but it can help significantly and increase the quality of life enormously.
I urge you to reach out to your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and either get them to join the study if they fit the inclusion criteria or get them started with strength training!