This fun, simple exercise plan shapes up seniors. Could it save their bones?

What might it take to get Medicare to pay for exercise the way it pays for drugs? Science. At least that’s what Christopher Sciamanna, a primary-care doctor at Penn State College of Medicine, hopes.

He is leading a large clinical trial that is testing whether a cheap, community-based exercise program that uses stretchy, color-coded bands can keep older people who’ve already broken one bone from breaking another. That’s an expensive injury that he knows Medicare — not to mention patients — would like to avoid…

This fun, simple exercise plan shapes up seniors. Could it save their bones?

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