ERIC Number: ED131023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Testimony on Physical Fitness for Older Persons.
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington, DC.; National Association for Human Development, Washington, DC.
Collected here are fourteen statements on the beneficial effects of physical fitness programs for older persons presented at hearings before the Subcommittee on Aging of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, U.S. Senate. Areas discussed include: What research tells us regarding the contribution of exercise to the health of older people; exercise and the aging process; activity and older Americans; staying youthful and fit; importance of physical activity for the elderly; physical activity and aging; psychological importance of physical fitness; value of regular exercise programs for senior citizens; and a fitness program for senior citizens developed by the National Association for Human Development with quotes from various leaders of physical fitness. A statement by C. Carson Conrad, Executive Director, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is representative of much of the testimony: Regular exercise can significantly delay the aging process by inhibiting the losses of vital capacity, muscular strength, and joint flexibility, which are characteristic of the middle and later years. It is a fundamental law of physiology that the functional efficiency of an organ or system improves with use and regresses with disease. Regular exercise may deter the onset of degenerative diseases, which are among today's major killers, and it may improve the ability to survive and recover from heart attack by promoting the development of collateral circulation in the heart muscle. A state of physical fitness enhances the quality of life for the elderly by increasing their independence. The ability to go places and do things without being dependent on others provides a strong psychological lift that is conducive to good mental health. (MM)
Descriptors: Exercise (Physiology), Health Needs, Hypertension, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Running, Special Health Problems
National Association for Human Development, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington, DC.; National Association for Human Development, Washington, DC.
Note: From selected hearings before the Subcommittee on Aging of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, U.S. Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, April 23, 1975