Steve Gurney from the Pro-Aging network brought this to my attention.
Study says handgrip strength is tied to risk of death in elders
In a new study, handgrip strength was measured at age 85 and again at age 89 in a group of 555 participants in the Netherlands. The researchers found that low handgrip strength at 85 and 89 years, and a greater decline in strength over time, was associated with increased risk of death from all causes. They also concluded that the association between handgrip strength and risk of death increases as people age.
The point here is not that squeeze ball grippers offer immortality. They don’t! The fact is that we handle old age most effectively when we concentrate on and maintain simple things like rising from a chair, climbing stairs, and walking on moderately uneven terrain. All of these things are good for us.
I remain baffled by people who think that vitamins, jewelry, magnets or hormones will, by themselves, create a healthy happy second half of life. They won’t! Effective aging depends most of all on seemingly mundane matters such as friendship, concern for others, reciprocity, and core muscle strength and balance.
The problem seems to be that none of these things can be bottled and sold.