Effects of a Six-Week Progressive Resistance Training Program on Functional Fitness among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
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Physical Activity and Older Adults. Intervention Programs.
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020 (Open) Submit Now
José M Cancela Carral, PhD
1. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain
2. Member of Rede Galega de Investigación en Demencias (Galician Dementia Research Network), Galicia, Spain
Research Interests: Dementia; physical activity; physical exercise; cognitive aging; older adults; Parkinson's disease
About This Topic
Human life expectancy has been increasing remarkably, and that is why the general population of developed nations has reached 83.98 (Japan) or 83.24 (Spain) years on average. This represents a health as well as economic concern for these countries.
Physical activity, as WHO indicates, is a low-cost treatment which may result in physical, psychological and social benefits among older adults. Generally speaking, studies confirm it is the more active male and female older adults who show lower mortality risk rates in cases of coronary cardiopathy, hypertension, cerebrovascular accidents, type 2 diabetes, bowel and breast cancer, depression, as well as better functioning muscular and cardiorespiratory systems, and higher mass and body composition.
Nowadays there are innumerable physical activity programs for older adults but are their effects similar? Which intervention program is best? Are all programs applicable to all people? The aim of this special issue is to present the results and conclusions different researchers have found.
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