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Trapped in the hospital bed

New York Times health blog: The New Old Age, May 30, 2013

Forty-three minutes. That’s the median time a hospitalized elderly patient spends standing or walking daily. Anyone gets weaker after days spent horizontally, but older people have less of what doctors call physiologic reserve. The good news is that research by UTMB’s Dr. Steven Fisher showed that elderly patients went home two days earlier if they did modest amounts of early walking.


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