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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Benefits of physical activity for older adults especially suffering from cognitive impairment.


from Active Aging Blog"It is recommended that, if appropriate, older adults should engage in
at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 days per week."

"Regular physical activity has been shown to improve the functional status and
quality of life of older adults."

"Physical activity has also been shown to improve mental health and cognitive function in older adults and has been found to contribute to the management of disorders such as depression and anxiety."

"Many non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevalent in older adults can benefit from participation in regular physical activity:
  • Cardiovascular disease;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Hypertension."

"It has been suggested that older adults engaged in regular physical activity demonstrate improved :
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Coordination and motor control
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance."

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