Physical Activity and Health in The Elderly

Elderly

Author(s): Alexandrina Lobo

Pp: 1-11 (11)

Doi: 10.2174/978160805100711001010001

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Abstract

Aging of the population has been one of the many successes of mankind; however, it is also one of the biggest growing challenges, in addition to its social, economic and political consequences, World Health Organization (WHO), 2005 [1]. Furthermore, the aging of the population increased since several decades in each country around the world. That’s why it becomes a public health care. From a public health stand-point, it is very important to identify and develop preventive strategies that may attenuate the gradual decline in functional ability associated with the aging process. The elderly, that were more physically active revealed a positive attitude towards life, were healthier and demonstrated a better capacity to face stress and tension [2]. Regular participation in physical activity, easily increased the functional status and maintained an adequate level of physical and cognitive functions [3].

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