The Benefits of Physical Activity for Older People

  • Annemarie Koster
  • Sari Stenholm
  • Jennifer A. Schrack


Physical activity has important health benefits in old age. This chapter demonstrates that engaging in physical activity lowers mortality risk and reduces the risk of major non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, different types of cancer, and obesity. Moreover, physical activity has been associated with better sleep, more favourable mental health, better cognitive function and is important for lowering the risk of functional limitations and disability. Promoting physical activity is therefore an important target to maintain and improve health and functioning in old age.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemarie Koster
    • 1
  • Sari Stenholm
    • 2
  • Jennifer A. Schrack
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social Medicine, CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research InstituteMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology & Core Faculty, Center on Aging and HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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