This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study on the importance of maintaining mobility as we age. Mobility allows seniors to remain active, promoting optimal health. Problems with mobility are often a sign of imminent functional decline, which can affect the ability of seniors to live independently.
Because mobility is a significant tell of a person’s health, the study urges doctors to screen older patients for signs of physical decline. Dr. Cynthia Brown, who works in the gerontology, geriatrics and palliative care division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said primary care doctors should ask their senior patients two questions: