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Quality Movement, Quality of Life: When mobility is threatened, independence is lost and one’s world becomes very small. The IML studies have included various projects geared towards prevention, therapy, advanced orthopedic and cardiac implant devices, education and much more…

Living Longer, Living Better: The US population is aging rapidly.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 44.7 million in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.1% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2013. People 65+ represented 14.1% of the population in the year 2013 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.

The implications are staggering and the time to act is now. The goal? Keep people healthy, active, independent, psychologically balanced and out of assisted living facilities.  The proportion of older persons in the population varies considerably by state with some states experiencing much greater growth in their older populations In 2013, over half (61%) of persons 65+ lived in 13 states: California (4.8 million); Florida (3.6 million); Texas (3.0 million); New York (2.8 million); Pennsylvania (2.1 million); and Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, and Arizona each had well over 1 million.

Sustained Research:  Orthopedic, neuromuscular and cardiac advancements allow people not only to move, but to live better. The World Health Organization tells us that 40% of the world’s population over 70 suffers from knee arthritis – that’s a lot of knees! Although physical activity and exercise have been shown to benefit people with arthritis by improving pain, function, and mental health, many people with arthritis report no leisure time physical activity. Low levels of physical activity place individuals with arthritis at further risk of inactivity-associated conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and functional limitations. As a result of deteriorating physical actions and increased disease, within the next 10 years at least 10 million people in the US alone will require some type of orthopedic implant (mostly hips and knees) to maintain mobility and quality of life.

Statistics show that we should all live longer. However, if you can’t move you will most likely die prematurely. This is what The Institute for Mobility and Longevity is about…making difference by building stronger bodies.

MOVING BETTER…

LIVING LONGER…

Arthritis and joint replacement: The IML Foundation is known as one of the world’s premier foundations for joint replacement research using novel imaging techniques to precisely measure how artificial joints perform inside patients. In addition, computer controlled simulators can predict implant performance outside the body.

 

Where it hurts

Causes of limited mobility

Arthritic screening