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Physical activity and successful aging
10th International EGREPA Conference

European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity

14.09. - 16.09.2006 in Köln

Physical activity programs for older adults? Linking research, program development, policy and practice

Meeting Abstract

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  • corresponding author Y. Netz - Zinman College, Wingate Institute, Israel

Physical activity and successful aging. Xth International EGREPA Conference. Cologne, 14.-16.09.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06pasa079

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The benefits of exercise in old age are well-documented. The symposia will describe a holistic approach of a common effort of researchers, clinicians and policy makers in Israel to get older adults to exercise and maintain their exercise behavior. A fruitful collaboration between an academic institute and a service agency has yielded the development of infrastructure that provides physical activity programs in advanced age, on local and national levels. At the same time, this collaboration provides research opportunities for academicians and clinicians. This symposium will highlight an area of specialty of physical activity for older adults in a physical education and exercise sciences department. In addition, the symposium will describe physical activity programs on the local as well as on national level. Programs such as fitness rooms for the elderly or walking will be presented. Specifically, the symposium will focus on a unique research project assessing the use of a standing support device in a physical activity program designed to improve function in disabled wheelchair-bound nursing home residents. This complex pioneering study reflects the collaboration between researchers, students, physicians, physiotherapists, nursing home staff, service providers and policy makers.