Exercise, Mobility and Aging
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- Daley, M.J. & Spinks, W.L. Sports Med (2000) 29: 1. doi:10.2165/00007256-200029010-00001
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The elderly population is growing both in size and in proportion of the total population. The costs to the community of the elderly being in poor health are also growing proportionately. The beneficial effects of exercise on various physiological and psychological parameters in the elderly have been well established. The effects of exercise on the mobility and independence of the elderly are also of primary concern, their maintenance being an important exercise goal. Impaired balance and gait are the 2 most significant risk factors for limited mobility and falls in the elderly. It is important to understand the effects of aging and exercise on these risk factors.