Clover Health Survey Finds 62% of Tucson Seniors Exercise at Least Three Days per Week
Pima County residents over 60 show commitment to staying active with physical fitness rates above the national average
TUCSON, Ariz. (July 29, 2019) — Today, newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed 62% of Tucson seniors exercise at least three days per week, for 20 minutes or longer per session. Nationally, only 51% of seniors report activity three or more days per week, putting Pima County seniors far ahead of their peers across the U.S.
According to the CDC, regular physical activity is vital for healthy aging, as it can help delay, prevent or manage many chronic diseases. Further, just 15 minutes per day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming may help older adults live longer.
“We’re happy to see a majority of Tucson’s older adults are getting the exercise needed to maintain an active lifestyle,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Clover Health. “Even in the hot summer months, we recommend integrating movement into your daily routine — exercise in a gym, pool or fitness class are all great indoor options.”
For older adults in Tucson, the Clover survey also found:
Married seniors are getting more exercise: 66% of Tucson’s older adults who are married or in a relationship exercise three or more days per week, compared to 53% of those who are single.
Lower income correlates with less exercise: Just 51% of Pima County seniors with a household income of $35,000 or less per year exercise at least 3 days per week, compared to 62% of those earning $35,000-$74,999 and 72% earning over $75,000.
Suburban and rural adults over 60 are more active: Only 56% of seniors living in the city of Tucson exercise three or more days per week, compared to 63% of those who live in the suburbs and 73% in rural areas.
Nearly a quarter of local seniors reported a sedentary lifestyle. While Pima’s older adults are generally active, 23% of those surveyed do not exercise at all.
As a Medicare Advantage plan committed to preventative healthcare, Clover partners with SilverSneakers®, the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, which provides workout classes, memberships to partner fitness locations, and online tools and resources to support a healthy lifestyle. Clover members in Tucson have access to SilverSneakers as part of their plan benefits.
“We’re passionate about helping older adults stay active as they age, a mission that aligns with Clover’s goal to keep its members healthy,” said Steve Janicak, Healthcare Division President, of Tivity Health, the company that offers SilverSneakers. “With our variety of class offerings, from chair yoga to strength training to Zumba classes, along with our network of more than 16,000 fitness locations, it’s fun and easy for seniors to get the exercise they need to age healthfully.”
The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the Tucson region. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.