Older Veterans with PTSD take part in exercise program aimed at easing symptoms


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This article originally appeared in VA Research Currents.

It’s no secret that regular exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is recommended for everyone, including elderly adults. For people with PTSD, research looking at exercise has shown benefits to quality of life and physical well-being.

But it’s unclear whether working out impacts PTSD symptoms, specifically. And little research has focused directly on the benefits of exercise on older people with PTSD, including Veterans, according to Dr. Katherine Hall, a research health scientist at the Durham VA Health Care System in North Carolina.

Hall thus launched a pilot study to learn if increased physical activity among older Vets with PTSD will help ease their symptoms. Veterans with PTSD have been shown to have low rates of exercise, and many report that they don’t work out at all.

The heart of the study is a supervised 12-week exercise plan called the “Warrior Wellness” program. It consists of activities focusing on strength, flexibility, balance and endurance training.

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Author

Michael Richman

Mike Richman is a writer and editor in VA’s Office of Research and Development. He joined VA in 2016. He previously worked at the Voice of America, one of the U.S.-funded broadcast agencies.

Comments

  1. Carl Roberts    

    I lost my job and looking for work right now no insurance and have some medical issues I need to check but got too find a job first .

    1. otto borden    

      I been in your shoes brother thinking outside the box helped me i was a merchant seaman for awhile i worked for military sea lift command which is always hiring and after that i upgraded my drivers license by attending a truck driving school most are looking to hire vets too and there is also Bus driving after i discovered trucking wasn’t my cup of tea i decided to use the B portion of my class A license i had earned from Attending SWIFT TRANSPORTATION school in Millington ,TN and i started driving for GREYHOUND and HRT Transit the city bus in Hampton Roads Virginia all these people will hire a vet in a heartbeat check it especially Military Sealift Command

  2. Robert l. Mason    

    First you have to have the VA on a claim admit you have PTSD, I just finished a C&P exam and the psychologist said he couldn’t find any mention of PTSD in my records? I can pull up at least 25 , all the way back to 75, even the US Secret Service says i have PTSD from the service. Then the coward of a VA psychologist attacks mtw ife’s good name, saying my wife of the 90’s tried to kill me?? We just finished 25 years of marrage, she sure is taking her time killing me?? The VA is such a farce.

  3. Robert l. Mason    

    First you have to have the VA on a claim admit you have PTSD, I just finished a C&P exam and the psychologist said he couldn’t find any mention of PTSD in my records? I can pull up at least 25 , all the way back to 75, even the US Secret Service says i have PTSD from the service. Then the coward of a VA psychologist attacks my wife’s good name, saying my wife of the 90’s tried to kill me?? We just finished 25 years of marriage, she sure is taking her time killing me?? The VA is such a farce.

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