Physical activity in the elderly: benefits and intervention strategies.

M. Allison, C. Keller

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Abstract

In spite of the well-documented evidence that physical activity is beneficial, only 30% of individuals over the age of 65 report exercising regularly. Regular physical activity can minimize and prevent chronic problems and increase functional ability in the elderly. Designing physical activity for the elderly requires initial assessment of functional ability, exercise tolerance, physical limitations, and psychologic and social support of the individual. The exercise prescription should address the intensity, frequency, and duration of the exercise. Several factors affect the elderly's initiation and adherence to a physical activity program. These include the elder's perception of factors preventing physical activity, individual goal setting, and personal and therapist support in the effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe Nurse practitioner
Volume22
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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