Physical activity for older adults

Researchers in HART and the School of Sport & Exercise Science (Robyn Hambrook, Geoff Middleton, Daniel Bishop, Lee Crust) together with a colleague (David R Broom) at Sheffield Hallam University, have recently published a narrative review in the Journal of Health and Social Sciences, focusing on community-based physical activity schemes and programmes for older adults.

Despite encouragement and exhortations, many older adults are not accruing the health benefits of an active lifestyle. The purpose of the article was to provide an up to date review of the literature on health benefits of physical activity for older adults, specifically in the community setting. The review highlights the importance of community and social interaction, as well as maintaining physical activity, in healthy ageing. The narrative review is available free on open access in the Journal of Health and Social Sciences, and can be found here.

About Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Professor in Sociology & Physical Culture, Director of HART, University of Lincoln.

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