© 2018

The Palgrave Handbook of Ageing and Physical Activity Promotion

  • Samuel R. Nyman
  • Anna Barker
  • Terry Haines
  • Khim Horton
  • Charles Musselwhite
  • Geeske Peeters
  • Christina R. Victor
  • Julia Katharina Wolff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Section 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-23
    2. Robert L. Hill, Kristiann C. Heesch
      Pages 25-41
    3. Annemarie Koster, Sari Stenholm, Jennifer A. Schrack
      Pages 43-60
    4. Geeske Peeters, Sheila Tribess, Jair S. Virtuoso-Junior
      Pages 61-78
  3. Section 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-81
    2. Melanie K. Farlie, David A. Ganz, Terry P. Haines
      Pages 83-101
    3. Narelle S. Cox, Jennifer M. Patrick, Anne E. Holland
      Pages 123-144
    4. Monica Rodrigues Perracini, Sandra Maria Sbeghen Ferreira Freitas, Raquel Simoni Pires, Janina Manzieri Prado Rico, Sandra Regina Alouche
      Pages 145-163
    5. Nina Beyer, Charlotte Suetta
      Pages 185-205
  4. Section 3

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-209
    2. Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald, Laura McGowan, Rachael Powell, David P. French
      Pages 291-311
  5. Section 4

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-315

About this book


The ageing of our population is a key societal issue across the globe. Although people are living longer, they need to be living longer in good health to continue to enjoy quality of life and independence and to prevent rises in health and social care costs. This timely and ground-breaking volume will provide an up-to-date overview of the factors that promote physical activity in later life. 

Despite advances in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, sports and exercise science, sociology, health psychology, and public health, knowledge is largely contained within disciplines as reflected in the current provision of academic texts on this subject. To truly address the present and substantial societal challenges of population ageing, a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach is required. This handbook will inform researchers, students, and practitioners on the current evidence base for what physical activities need to be promoted among older people and how they can be implemented to maximise engagement. This handbook will be an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and students across the social sciences.


Health studies Gerontology medical sociology health sociology epidemiology neurological conditions musculoskeletal conditions active aging cardiorespiratory conditions Social support for the elderly population studies gender studies sedentary behaviour sport for older people health psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel R. Nyman
    • 1
  • Anna Barker
    • 2
  • Terry Haines
    • 3
  • Khim Horton
    • 4
  • Charles Musselwhite
    • 5
  • Geeske Peeters
    • 6
  • Christina R. Victor
    • 7
  • Julia Katharina Wolff
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBournemouth UniversityPooleUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Epidemiology and Preventive MedicineMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PhysiotherapyMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  4. 4.School of Health SciencesCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Centre for Innovative AgeingSwansea UniversitySwanseaUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Global Brain Health InstituteTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  7. 7.College of Health and Life SciencesBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUnited Kingdom
  8. 8.Institute of PsychogerontologyFriedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergNurembergGermany

About the editors

Samuel R Nyman is Principal Academic in Psychology at Bournemouth University, UK

Anna Barker is Associate Professor, Health Services Research at Monash University, Australia

Terry Haines is Head of School, School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University, Australia

Khim Horton is an Independent Consultant with Care of Older People, UK

Charles Musselwhite is Associate Professor in Gerontology, Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University, UK

Geeske Peeters is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the University of California, USA and at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Christina R Victor is Professor of Gerontology and Public Health at Brunel University London, UK

Julia Katharina Wolff is a Visiting Researcher at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Germany 

Bibliographic information


“With advancing years people find themselves out of breath climbing the stairs or walking uphill, so they take to the lift or the wheels, thereby exacerbating the problem. I always advocate physical activity whether to be able to keep climbing stairs, regain confidence, or to just feel good. This handbook is a provides the latest scientific evidence for why we all need to keep active in later life and the different ways we can support  older people to keep active and well.” (Jane Asher, aged 86 is an elite masters swimmer)

“It is evident that we must meet the challenges of old age not only at the level of the individual, but also at the level of society. This timely Handbook provides the first interdisciplinary review of physical activity - perhaps our most valuable strategy to enhance well-being in late life. With topics ranging  from exercise physiology and the well-established clinical benefits to broader issues such as epidemiology, population health and psychological and social considerations , this volume will be an indispensable reference for researchers, practitioners and advanced students.” (John W. Rowe, M.D., President, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Columbia University, USA)

“Given the hugely important topic of physical activity in the context of healthy ageing, this Handbook will be a ‘go to’ source for some time. It is comprehensive in its coverage and will appeal to students, researchers, and practitioners. In addition to the importance of covering the health outcomes of physical activity among older adults, the Handbook gives appropriately extensive coverage to what physical activity to promote, how to maximise participation, how to implement activities for this population, the social and environmental factors influencing participation, and issues and debates. This is a marvellous resource.” (Professor Stuart Biddle, University of Southern Queensland, Australia)