1st Edition

Physical Activity and Aging Second Edition

By Roy Shephard Copyright 1987

    In the late 1980s, the relationship between physical activity or exercise and aging was one of great contemporary interest. On the one hand there was a growing elderly population in industrialized societies seeking an active rather than a passive retirement, while on the other hand there was much current interest in the benefits to health of physical activity. The first edition of this book, published in 1978, was acknowledged as a major review of the field. In the years since its publication, however, there were many advances in our knowledge, made evident by the fact that this second edition, originally published in 1987, contains over 50 percent more references, 1840 in total. The author shows how far we can improve our adaptation to the aging process through an increase in personal fitness. Aimed at gerontologists, physicians in geriatric medicine and sports medicine, as well as other interested in human performance (for example, the physiologist, physical educator, ergonomist and physiotherapist), the book would remain a standard reference work on this subject for many years.

    Preface. 1. Introduction 2. Cellular Considerations 3. Gross Changes of Form and Function 4. Activity Patterns and Nutrition of the Elderly 5. Training for the Senior Citizen 6. Aging in Athletes 7. Activity and the Pathology of Aging 8. Demographic Trends and Goals for a Geriatric Society. References. Index.


    Roy J. Shephard

    From reviews of the first edition:

    ‘This is an important book, which should be read by all physicians’ Age and Ageing

    ‘Roy Shephard is one of those rare scientists who are able to write eminently readable and authoritative books on his field while at the same time continuing to contribute important original research. In this book all those working in exercise physiology, sports medicine and geriatrics will find much of interest.’ Quarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology