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Med Klin (Munich). 2009 Apr 15;104(4):296-302. doi: 10.1007/s00063-009-1055-1.

[Physical activity for prevention and therapy of internal diseases in the elderly].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung Sportmedizin, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel.


There is a growing number of elderly people in Western societies. Therefore, the prevalence of age-associated diseases increases. For most of these conditions, exercise and physical activity play a major role in the prevention and therapy. However, it is well established that the level of physical activity is lowest in elderly people. Physical fitness continues to be the most important protective health factor and should be improved in the elderly population. Many exercise recommendations include only endurance programs, but strength and coordination also deliver positive therapeutic effects in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, lung diseases, neoplasms, and many other pathologic conditions including dementia. Age-specific recommendations should be included in exercise programs for health.

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