Last week, my family received some disturbing news about my 80-year-old mother's health — but exercise provided better treatment options for her and her doctors.
She was complaining of poor balance and loss of dexterity, and her doctor referred her to a neurologist. They did find some issues – but, instead of pursuing an invasive procedure, the doctor prescribed rehab and a regular yoga class.
As a result, my mother's neuromuscular functions have improved and the doctor has taken the procedure option off the table. Good news all around.
The moral to this story is: do not neglect your fitness at any age.