Aging and altitude illustrated

Ever since I moved to the mountains I have been impressed by the number of older adults that pass me up on the trails hiking or mountain biking.

“Altitude is a fitness challenge in itself”, wrote Eric Swenson in the Journal of High Altitude Medicine and Biology May 2015. “Low fitness contributes to events” [altitude illness]

People who live in the mountains usually stay very active, like this hiking group from St. John the Baptist Episcopal church that goes out every week.

 

 

Two of these senior citizens hiking at 12,500 feet sleep on oxygen. They are residents living above 9,000 feet.
Two of these senior citizens hiking at 12,500 feet sleep on oxygen. They are residents living above 9,000 feet.

 

 

 

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