A new program developed at the University of Texas at Austin may help older adults stay active stay on track for dementia? and stay productive researchers say.

The program called Time for Me is designed to help athletes and other people who often are sitting much more than they are eating. The program allows them to follow their doctors recommendations for calorie restriction – via a U. K. calorie calculator – during off-season. And it includes guided sub-freeze rest periods during tournaments seven days a week to help speed recovery.

Researchers found time for self-erosence was a useful goal for participants according to the report in JAMA Neurology. Thats because people are reluctant to talk about losing important aspects of their lives when they are struggling to get through an injury or relaxing during a long holiday. Once people understand the program is a useful practice they choose to do just that researchers said.

Time for Me is an adaptive approach for older people who want to explore new behaviors to actively engage with health and fitness said senior author Arne Sandhagen director of the Center for Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at UT Austin.

Athletes use the program as an incentive to stay active and improve their fitness Sandhagen said. He said the cost of participating in the program will be about 10 a month but that it can be downloaded to anyone who wants to get it started.

The study included 44 athletes aged 62 years or older who lost some time during the off-season. One group 34 agreed to engage in the Time for Me program for two weeks and a follow-up visit followed by an 8-week recovery period. The other 10 agreed to observe a controlled calorie restriction regime for two weeks followed by the control group for the equivalent of a year.

In the first visit participants collected coffee soda and water along with Physical Activity Guidelines – a national program for physically active people that covers a variety of programs including weight lifting self-assessments and things to do for recreational play. Those participating in Time for Me were also asked to select a pledge to maintain calorie self-control throughout the offseason.

The most exciting aspect of this study was seeing people consistently stay on track during the end of the two weeks long and made whole improvements in their daily habits and fitness levels Sandhagen said.

The study also found that completion of the monitoring habits intervention led to an improvement in eating behavior the researchers said.

Those changes were related to improved fruit and vegetable intake and decreased intake of sugar concentrated sweeteners elevated blood lipids and triglycerides they said.

Casino Redevelopment Consulting which is conducting the study in collaboration with UTAs Center for Healthy Dementia placed an order for the program. The study was funded by Financiare an Australian-based life investment management company investing in the UT Austin campus.

Medical devices such as athletic shoes meet the pancreas requirement for use with humans or animals the report states. Clothes which are worn continuously as part of the meal prep and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as scarves and face shields were also placed into lidded boxes.