Prevalenza dello stile di vita sedentario nella popolazione anziana

Translated title of the contribution: Prevalence of sedentary life style in the elderly

Pasquale Abete, G. Testa, D. Della Morte, F. Mazzella, S. Del Vecchio, G. Galizia, F. Cacciatore, F. Rengo

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Sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factor for the public health since it is strictly correlated to a high prevalence of mortality, morbidity and disability in the elderly. Nevertheless, very few data are available about this condition because of the lack of instruments to objectively evaluate the different physical activity levels. In order to evaluate physical activity, only 4 scales are available and Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) seem to be the more reliable. in the literature, the predictive role on mortality of sedentary life style has been demonstrated in 12 studies. At this regard, the protective role of preinfarction angina on mortality in elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction, a clinical equivalent of ischemic preconditioning, is absent in patients with reduced PASE. Sedentary lifestyle in the elderly is favored by architectonic and emotional barriers that hampered the spread of physical activity programs. In response to this problem, a promotion program to increase physical activity in the elderly has been conducted in the United States (CHAMPS II). The program guided participants to chose activities that took into account their preferences leading a significant increase of promote physical activity in older adults.

Translated title of the contributionPrevalence of sedentary life style in the elderly
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalGiornale di Gerontologia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Mortality
  • Physical activity
  • Prevalence
  • Sedentary lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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