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Physical Activity to Promote Healthy Aging-Balance Performance in Elderly People





老年 身體活動 平衡 跌倒

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Maintaining upright is an unique feature of human beings and the basis for active and healthy life. Two of the greatest concerns for the elderly, functional dependence and falling, have been reported to be closely related to impaired balance performance. Thus, it is clear that balance performance plays a prominent role in the well beings of older adults. However, aging is typically accompanied by deteriorations in balance ability. Problems in maintaining various static standing postures, performing dynamic balance tasks, or responding to balance threats are common among the elderly. In order to lessen the problems and to avoid their further complications, it is imperative to advance balance performance in older population. There is a large body of research aiming at determining the effect of physical activities on balance performance in the elderly. No universal conclusion regarding the extent of the effect, effectiveness of specific physical training programs, or the potential for improvement in different populations has been made. In spite of the differences in research methodologies and findings, it is generally agreed upon that physical activities can affect age-related decline in balance performance. Thus, the profession of physical therapy should take a leading role in advocating the use of physical activities to improve balance performance in the elderly to promote active and healthy aging.

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Aging Physical activity Balance Fall

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