The last decade has seen a growing emphasis on the benefits of exercise for the elderly. Though exercise is commonly associated with cardiovascular health, research has shown that exercise can benefit the elderly more profoundly than previously thought.
Aerobics, resistance, and balance exercises are among the most commonly researched types.
A combination of aerobic, resistance and balance exercises is ideally recommended to elderly patients for the maintenance of cognitive health, reduction of muscle atrophy in sarcopenia, and fall prevention.
By Dr Caroline, Senior Resident, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital