Exercise, Aging, and Health: Overcoming Barriers to an Active Old Age

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Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Medical - 261 pages
Exercise, Aging, and Health examines how social, cognitive, biological, and contextual forces influence activity patterns. Part One summarizes the scientific evidence regarding the effects of exercise among older adults, then contrasts it with the known risks of physical activity among the elderly. The author provides guidelines for safe and easy movements that will increase both strength and mobility. Part Two presents theories regarding older adult activity behavior and considers reasons for this population's reluctance to participate in regular physical activity.
 

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Contents

A Demographic Profile of Adults Born Before 1921
15
Activity PatternsPast and Present
25
Risks of LateLife Exercise
49
Benefits of Exercise Participation
59
Older Adult Beliefs About Exercise
71
Analyzing the Dialogue of Older Adults
78
Social Concerns
90
Reversing the Downward Spiral
97
Contextual Explanations
153
Cognitive Explanations
171
A Composite Model
191
A SelfTalk Model of Exercise Motivation
207
The Limits of Current Knowledge
215
Policy Implications
223
References
229
Index
257

Survival Skills for Independent Living
115
PART TWO TOWARD A THEORY OF OLDER ADULT
143

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