Disease-inclusive exercise improved physical function and reduced depressive symptoms in older individuals, regardless of health status. This warrants further investigation, particularly with disease-specific exercise classes which may provide added benefits.
Why this matters
Physical activity is important for maintaining physical and cognitive functions during old age and may prevent aging-associated diseases.
Exercise has been recommended as a promising treatment approach to slow down the progression of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease (PD).
However, many older individuals often perceive their health status, together with a fear of overexertion, as a major barrier for exercise participation.