1st Edition

Gender, Physical Activity, and Aging

Edited By Roy J. Shephard Copyright 2002
    302 Pages
    by CRC Press

    302 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Why do women live longer than men? Does ownership of paired X chromosomes confer more prolonged survival on females, or is the gender difference in life-expectancy a cumulative consequence of differing life experiences for women and men? The areas of gender differences in aging, functional capacity, and the response to physical activity have often been the basis for speculation rather than informed judgment.

    Gender, Physical Activity, and Aging draws upon the sound knowledge base of leading investigators to provide objective, evidence-based evaluations of particular facets of the aging process. Focusing on gender differences, it examines the rate of aging, loss of functional capacity, disability, and the quality of life among the elderly and presents evidence of potential modification through physical activity and lifestyle.

    Technical Problems in Comparing Data for Male and Female Subjects. Physical Activity Patterns, Assessment, and Motivation in Older Adults. Constitution or Environment: The Basis of Regional and Ethnic Differences in the Interactions between Gender, Age, and Functional Capacity. Limitations to Oxygen Transport with Aging. Physical Activity, Fitness, and Gender in Relation to Morbidity, Survival, Quality of Life, and Independence in Older Age. Aging of the Neuromuscular System. Aging and Sarcopenia. Aging, Gender, and Susceptibility to Muscle Damage and Overtraining. Aging of Joints and Skeletal System. Aging, Obesity, and Metabolic Regulation. Aging of Immune and Humoral Responses. Conclusions: Implications for Health and Society.


    Roy J. Shephard