Unfortunately, we do get less flexible as we get older. Clinicians even have a test called ‘Sit to Stand’ (measuring the ability to stand up from a chair), widely used to examine physical function and screen older people at risk of falls and frailty.

There are lots of reasons why standing up gets harder as we age. It’s thought that our tendons get tighter around joints and the cartilage between our joints deteriorates. There is also a general deterioration in ligaments and a reduction in fluid within the joint (synovial fluid) along with tightening of muscles surrounding the joint.

Our muscle mass also reduces as we get older, especially muscles such as the quadriceps (around the front of your thighs), which are needed to help us stand up from a chair.

But the good news is that these changes may be slowed down. Regular physical activity is thought to slow down the deterioration in our flexibility, along with the other benefits it has for bone density, cardiovascular health and our mental health.

Studies have shown that people who are physically active can achieve a greater range of motion than sedentary individuals, even in older age. It is recommended that older adults should do activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility at least twice a week, as well at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week (or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity if you’re already active).


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Celebrating Canada Day: Gratitude and Appreciation from Centrum Pharmacy

As Canada Day approaches, we at Centrum Pharmacy would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the wonderful community that has supported us over the years. It is also a time to reflect on the incredible opportunities and privileges that come with living in this beautiful country. Join us as we celebrate this special day and acknowledge the support of our local family, as well as the countless opportunities Canada has to offer.

Thank You, Our Local Family: Centrum Pharmacy owes its success and growth to the unwavering support of our local family – our customers, neighbours, and friends. Over the years, you have welcomed us into your lives, entrusted us with your healthcare needs, and embraced our commitment to providing the highest level of care. Your loyalty and patronage have allowed us to thrive and serve the community we hold so dear.

We are honoured to be a part of your healthcare journey, offering personalized services, expert advice, and a warm and friendly environment. We take pride in being your trusted partner, always striving to exceed your expectations. This Canada Day, we extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you for your continued support. We are privileged to serve you and look forward to many more years of caring for our local family.

Canada, a land of vast landscapes and diverse cultures, offers its citizens an abundance of opportunities and privileges. From breathtaking natural beauty to world-class healthcare and education systems, we are truly blessed to call this country home.

As we celebrate Canada Day, let us not forget the countless opportunities that have been provided to us. Whether it is the freedom to pursue our passions, access to quality healthcare, or the chance to build a prosperous future, Canada has continuously offered its residents a platform to thrive and succeed.


Happy Canada Day to all!


America’s Most Popular Drug Has a Puzzling Side Effect. We Finally Know Why.

The reason statins can make your muscles sore or weak was unclear—until scientists accidentally stumbled upon an answer.

Statins, one of the most extensively studied drugs on the planet, taken by tens of millions of Americans alone, have long had a perplexing side effect. Many patients—some 5 percent in clinical trials, and up to 30 percent in observational studies—experience sore and achy muscles, especially in the upper arms and legs. A much smaller proportion, less than 1 percent, develop muscle weakness or myopathy severe enough that they find it hard to climb stairs, get up from a sofa, get up from the toilet.


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