Promoting exercise in older people to support healthy ageing
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Evidence and practice    

Promoting exercise in older people to support healthy ageing

Peter Herbert Associate professor of ageing and exercise, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the benefits of older people becoming and/or remaining physically active

  • To learn about the types of exercise that can be incorporated into individualised training regimens

  • To understand how you can advise and support older people to exercise as part of your practice

As people in the UK continue to live longer, the concept of healthy ageing has become increasingly important. Regular exercise that is appropriate for the ability of each individual can have several benefits for older people, such as slowing the loss of muscle mass, increasing aerobic capacity, maintaining cognitive function and improving health-related quality of life. This article explores the benefits of various forms of exercise and physical activity in older people, and offers practical advice that can assist nurses in supporting a person-centred approach to this aspect of care.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11787

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Herbert P (2022) Promoting exercise in older people to support healthy ageing. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11787

Published online: 14 February 2022

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