Presentation of the Week

Exercise in the Aging Population

Goals and Objectives

The benefits of regular physical activity or exercise with regard to aging and disease are beneficial, yet clinicians do not prescribe exercise consistently to older adults. This reluctance may be because of a lack of knowledge regarding appropriate exercise for older adults in light of potential risks and benefits of various types of exercise. The goal of this activity is to provide guidance for clinicians to follow when prescribing exercise in older adults while considering unique characteristics and concerns such as preventing the progression of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in this population. A rationale for pre-exercise screening prior to initiating an exercise program in patients will also be discussed. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Formulate an exercise plan as a prescription for aging patients;
  • Distinguish when and the type of exercise that is appropriate in lieu of surgery for chronic musculoskeletal/joint pain.

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