Promotion of Physical Activity for Older People with Neurological Conditions

  • Monica Rodrigues Perracini
  • Sandra Maria Sbeghen Ferreira Freitas
  • Raquel Simoni Pires
  • Janina Manzieri Prado Rico
  • Sandra Regina Alouche


Physical activity (PA) has benefits in optimising function and decreasing the impact of secondary chronic conditions due to deconditioning in older people with neurological conditions. However, PA is poorly recommended, prescribed, and delivered in this population despite the growing body of existing evidence-based research. This chapter reviews the major determinants of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour for key neurological conditions that affect older people including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and neuromuscular diseases and summarises the evidence on the implementation of PA programmes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Rodrigues Perracini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sandra Maria Sbeghen Ferreira Freitas
    • 1
  • Raquel Simoni Pires
    • 1
  • Janina Manzieri Prado Rico
    • 1
  • Sandra Regina Alouche
    • 1
  1. 1.Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy, Universidade Cidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Gerontology, Universidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil

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