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The Heidelberg guidelines for promoting physical activity among older persons
Geneva : World health organization, Ageing and health Programme, 1996, 14 p. (27-06-2003)
Collection : Guidelines series for healthy ageing ; 1
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Mots-clés principaux
Activité physique
Promotion de la santé
Personne âgée

Résumé :

Physically active lifestyles benefit individuals throughout the lifespan. These guidelines were however developed primarily for promoting physical activity in the latter half of the life course. Although much of their content equally applies to individuals in other age groups, the scientific committee in charge of developing these guidelines selected those aged 50 years and above as the most appropriate target.

Age 50 marks a point in middle age at which the benefits of regular physical activity can be most relevant in avoiding, minimizing, and/or reversing many of the physical, psychological, and social hazards which often accompany advancing age. These beneficial effects apply to most individuals regardless of health status and\or disease state. Within these guidelines, physical activity is operationally defined as all movements in everyday life, including work, activities of daily living, recreation, exercise, and sporting activities. The proposed guidelines recognize that the preventative and rehabilitative effects of regular physical activity are optimized when physical activity patterns are adopted early in life, rather than when initiated in old age. The guidelines focus on the impact of regular physical activity for both sexes. However, due to historical differences in the prevalence of physically activity lifestyles betweenthe sexes, as well as the greater proportion of women in the older adult population, the scientific committee is careful to emphasize that the guidelines are universal and apply equally to all. Similarly, it is also clear that the guidelines must be sufficiently flexible to be of meaning to a wide variety of social and cultural groups.

AIM: To provide guidelines for facilitating the development of strategies and policies in both population and community-based interventions aimed at maintaining and\or increasing the level of physical activity for all older adults.

These Guidelines were prepared by a scientific committee, submitted to participants at the 4th International Congress on Physical Activity, Ageing and Sports, (Heidelberg, Germany, August 1996) and finalized at WHO/AHE.

Langue : Anglais
Type d'ouvrage AQESSS : lignedir
Doc n° : 14942
NumRec : 1494203


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