Chapter 12

Exercise and Aging

Tommy Boone


The aging population is presently healthier and better educated about lifestyle risk factors than ever before. This fact as well as the improvements in healthcare represent why ~60% of the older adults are healthy at age 65 and expect to live another 15 to 20 yrs. But, this does not mean that everything is great. The high percent of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, respiratory disease, peripheral vascular disease, arthritis, and falls in adults 65 yrs of age and older requires specialized attention from Board Certified Exercise Physiologists to prescribe exercise medicine to lower the risks of living with or dying prematurely from chronic diseases.

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