Physical activity in the elderly benefits and intervention strategies

Molly Allson, Colleen Keller

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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 psycho logic 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)
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalNurse Practitioner
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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