1st Edition

Ageing, Physical Activity and Health International Perspectives

    240 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    One of the most pressing questions facing society today is how to care for its burgeoning elderly population. By the year 2050, experts predict that one-third of the world’s population will be over 60 years old. Health promotion for the elderly is therefore becoming an increasingly important topic in public policy and planning.

    This book examines the challenges presented by an ageing global population, our varying expectations of healthy ageing, and the importance of exercise and physical activity for the elderly. Drawing on empirical research from around the world, it considers the factors that influence health and well-being in later life and compares practices and policies designed to promote healthy ageing. It presents case studies from 15 countries spanning Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, and sheds light on how attitudes to physical activity differ across nations, regions and cultures.

    Ageing, Physical Activity and Health: International Perspectives is important reading for all students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in physical activity, public health, exercise science or gerontology.


    [Karin Volkwein-Caplan and Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha]

    PART A: Importance of Culture, Community, and the Impact of Well-Being in the Ageing Process

    1. The Social and Cultural Context of Well-Being and Physical Activity in Later Life in the USA

    [Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, Karin Volkwein-Caplan and Amarachi Akwarandu]

    2. The Active Ageing Paradigm and Physical Activity of Older People in Germany

    [Ilse-Hartmann Tews]

    3. Global Ageing in Portugal

    [Pedro G. Carvalho, Ana Pereira, Anabela Almeida, Rita Palmeira-De-Oliveira and Aldo M. Costa]

    4. Functional Capacity, Personal Characteristics and Psychological State of Seniors Attending Social Institutions of Monterrey, Mexico

    [Oswaldo Ceballos-Gurrola, Magdalena Chavero-Torres, Nancy Cristina Banda Sauceda and Rosa María Cruz Castruita]

    5.Ageing in Ghana: A Public Health and Cultural Perspective

    [Delali Badasu, Richmond Aryeetey, Bella Bello Bitugo and Reginald Ocansey]

    PART B: Effects of Physical Activity and Exercise on the Ageing Population

    6. Ageing and Health Promotion in Later Life In Brazil

    [Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira, Antonia Dalla Pria Bankoff and Eliana Lucia Ferreira]

    7. Healthy Ageing in Cuba through Physical Activity

    [Marta Cañizares Hernández, translated by Urbano Ramiro Canizares Hernandez]

    8. Ageing and Fitness Programmes: Influencing Factors, Professional Intervention and Challenges in Spain

    [María Dolores González-Rivera]

    9. Physical Activity, Health, and Body Image of Older Adults in the Czech Republic

    [Ludmila Fialova]

    10. Active and Fit While Climbing that Ladder of Life: Physical Activity in Advanced Age in Israel

    [Yael Netz]

    11. Ageing, Health, and Physical Activity in Iran

    [Maryam Koushkie Jahromi]

    PART C: Chronic Conditions and the Impact of Physical Activity and Exercise

    12. Coping with Chronic Illness: USA Perspective

    [Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha and Elizabeth Raymond]

    13. Education, Physical Activity and Healthy Ageing in Italy: Theoretical and Operating Dimensions

    [Antonia Cunti and Sergio Bellantonio]

    14. Achieving Active and Healthy Ageing in Sri Lanka

    [Malathie P. Dissanayake]


    [Karin Volkwein-Caplan and Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha]


    Karin Volkwein-Caplan is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has published extensively on gender, HIV/AIDS and Sport, Sexual Harassment in Sport, Ethics in Sport, as well as Healthy Aging and Fitness. Her publications include more than 60 articles as well as 10 book volumes. She is also co-editor of two book series: "Sport, Culture and Society" and "Healthy Aging and Fitness", and has served on the Editorial Board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education since 2012

    Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha is Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA. She specializes in adult development, gerontology and cultural psychology. For 25 years she has conducted research and taught courses on culture, ageing, and well-being. This work has resulted in dozens of published papers, chapters and three books. She directs a World Health sponsored "Age Friendly Communities" project in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Tahmaseb-McConatha is an advocate for the rights of older men and women from diverse backgrounds in their fight against ageist practices and policies. She is co-editor of two books series: "Healthy Aging and Fitness" and "Sport, Culture and Society"