Enhancing Physical Activity as Lifestyle Behavior in Older Persons: The Rome Statement

Ellen Freiberger*, Elisabeth Rydwik, Astrid Chorus, Erwin Tak, Christophe Delecluse, Federico Schena, Nina Waaler, Bob Laventure, Nico van Meeteren

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Abstract

Within the context of a globally aging population and associated age-related changes to social relationships and individual psycho-physiology, a coalition of mostly European Union (EU) organizations concerned with physical activity in older persons was formed in 2013. The coalition examined worldwide decreases in physical activity among older adults, and the resulting negative effects on health and function for those individuals. After holding expert panel meetings, the coalition developed recommendations about how to address macro- and microlevel changes to increase and sustain physical activity among older populations across Europe. The recommendations were then compiled into a consensus document called "the Rome Statement", aimed at older adults, policy makers, researchers, and private and public professionals. This article presents the Rome Statement and its recommendations, and discusses how the statement can be broadly disseminated, considered, and implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-351
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • older persons/aging
  • physical activity dissemination
  • recommendation
  • HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
  • PUBLIC-HEALTH
  • ADULTS
  • DISABILITY
  • SEDENTARY
  • TRANSLATION
  • LIMITATIONS
  • FRAILTY
  • SCIENCE
  • PEOPLE

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