Clover Health Survey Finds Only 49% of Philadelphia Seniors Exercise at Least Three Days per Week
Delaware Valley adults over 60 are less active than their peers nationally, with nearly a third of older residents admitting to a sedentary lifestyle
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (August 1, 2019) – Newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed that only 49% of Philadelphia adults over 60 exercise at least three days per week, for 20 minutes or longer per session. In New Jersey, 50% of adults over 60 exercise at least three days per week. Nationally, 51% of seniors exercise at least three days per week, putting Delaware Valley seniors slightly behind 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, getting just 15 minutes per day of brisk walking, cycling or swimming may help older adults live longer. Yet, nearly a third of local seniors reported a sedentary lifestyle – 29% said they do not exercise at all in a given week.
“As Philadelphia seniors age, we’re concerned to see that only half are getting the exercise needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. John Michel, an in-network Clover physician from Excel Medical Center. “Even in the hot summer months, we recommend integrating movement into your daily routine — exercise in a gym, community pool or fitness class are all great indoor options.”
In the Delaware Valley, the Clover survey also found that:
Married seniors are getting more exercise: 55% of Philadelphia seniors who are married or in a relationship exercise three or more days per week, compared to 39% of single respondents. In New Jersey, 52% of seniors who are married or in a relationship exercise three or more days per week, compared to 48% of single respondents.
Senior men are exercising more frequently than women: In Philadelphia, 58% of male residents age 60 or older exercise three or more days per week, compared to 41% of women. In New Jersey, 53% of male residents age 60 or older exercise three or more days per week, compared to 49% of women.
Lower income correlates with less exercise: 39% of Philadelphia seniors earning $35,000 or less per year exercise three or more days per week, compared to 43% of seniors earning $35,000-$74,999 and 61% of seniors earning $75,000 or more. In New Jersey, 48% earning less than $74,999 exercise three or more days per week, compared to 55% of those with a household income above $75,000.
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 the Delaware Valley 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 Philadelphia and 300 adults age 60 and older in New Jersey. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.