Active Ageing: Physical Aspect
After the World Assembly on Ageing in 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed the concept of “active ageing” and recommended to support older so that they can keep participating in all aspects of life. According to elderly peoples’ perspectives, active ageing means preserving functionality. To be functionally independent while ageing, being physically active, and participating in regular physical activity is an effective preventive measure. Regular physical activity provides many benefits in terms of health prevention with advancing age. Despite all these benefits, older people’s participation in regular physical activities seem to be inadequate. There are several suggestions to improve the participation of the elderly in regular physical exercise. To support active ageing, WHO proposed age-friendly city as a concept and started activities to implement the concept. In this paper; after briefly summarizing “active ageing”, perceptions of elderly about active ageing, determinants of active ageing and as one of these determinants physical activity and its relation to elderly health will be described and age-friendly city concept to support active ageing will be summarized.
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