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New older adults evidence briefing launched
This evidence briefing focuses specifically on physical activity and adults aged 65 and over. A recent report from the Office for National Statistics released data on the ageing population stating the proportion of the UK population aged 65 and over has increased from 15% in 1986 to 17% in 2010, accounting for an increase of 1.7 million people.
Subsequently, there has been a growing awareness of the physical activity related needs of older adults due to both the increases in the population and longevity of this age group. In recognition of the emerging evidence supporting physical activity in later life, the 2011 joint Chief Medical Officers’ report 'Start Active, Stay Active' provides, for the first time, UK-wide guidelines for those aged 65 and over.
This evidence briefing is designed for professionals who require a detailed review of the evidence base available for physical activity in older adults.
Information is included on:
- Physical and psychological outcomes of physical activity
- Sedentary behaviour and health outcomes
- Current levels of physical activity
- Current levels of sedentary behaviour
- Factors affecting participation in physical activity
- Public health guidelines for physical activity
- Interventions to increase physical activity
- Implications for practice
- Publication Date:
- 22 Mar 2012