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Activity Programmes for the Elderly

  • Gonçalo Nuno Figueiredo DiasEmail author
  • Micael Santos Couceiro
  • Rui Mendes
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Abstract

A number of studies have described the benefits of regular physical exercise for the treatment and control of degenerative disorders. By recognizing the importance of physical activity for improving the quality of life for the elderly, the aim of this chapter is to provide a pedagogical and educational tool for the professionals who work with the senior population. Therefore, a physical activity programme was designed, which comprehends sticks, balls, hoops, resistance bands, chairs, among other methods. It is concluded that the physical activity programme for the elderly presupposes the inclusion of properly validated tests in order to evaluate this population. This way, it is important to carefully evaluate physical parameters such as cardio-respiratory capacity, muscular endurance, flexibility, agility and body composition. Finally, the prescription of physical activity for the elderly entails knowing/implies knowledge of age-related limitations, existing pathologies and individual changes arising from ageing.

Keywords

Physical exercise Elderly Ageing Health Active life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gonçalo Nuno Figueiredo Dias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Micael Santos Couceiro
    • 2
  • Rui Mendes
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education (CIDAF)University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Ingeniarius, Ltd.CoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Polytechnic Institute of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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