Author: Alexandrina Lobo

Physical Activity and Health in the Elderly

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-329-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-100-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080510071100101

Introduction

Physical inactivity is not only an individual's personal problem but is identified as a serious public health issue. Prolonged inactivity that occurs among many elderly persons tends to lead into a gradual decrease in all components of physical fitness, thus compromising their quality of life.

Scientific research has shown that physical exercise can slow down both the psychological and physical aging clock. Engagement in health promoting behavior in the domains of physical activity, healthy dietary practice and stress management are considered useful strategies to enhance functional capacity among elderly people. These practices delay the onset of chronic diseases, minimize negative psychological effects and improve social networks and the quality of life, particularly for the elderly.

This Ebook goes a long way in promoting healthy values by providing people with information and tools to help meet the challenges of promoting physical activity for older adults in this dynamic 21st century we live in.

Preface

Physical inactivity is not only an individual's personal problem but has become identified as a serious public-health issue. Prolonged inactivity that occurs in many elderly persons tends to lead to a gradual decrease from all the components of physical fitness, thus compromising the quality of life.

Scientific research has shown that exercise can slow down both the psychological and physical aging clock. Engagement in health-promotional behavior in the domains of physical activity, health dietary practice and stress management are considered useful strategies to enhance functional capacity. These practices delay the onset chronic diseases, minimize negative psychological consequences, improve social networks and quality of life, particularly for the elderly.

This E-Book will go a long way in promoting these values by providing the masses with information and tools to help meet the challenges of promoting physical activity for older adults in this ever dynamic 21st century we live in.

Engagement in health - promotional behavior in the domains of physical activity, health dietary practice and stress management are considered useful strategies to enhanced functional capacity, delay the onset chronic diseases, minimize negative psychological consequences, improve social networks and quality of life, particularly for the elderly. Therefore, it is important to understand that the relationship between health related problems and physical dependency and to assess how they can influence the reduction of older people's Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL). This is an important underlying factor for future health care research. This could go a long way in influencing political decisions, which in the long run would create enabling structures and facilities through the formulation of intervention policies and strategies.

Alexandrina Lobo
University of Porto
Portugal

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