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ACSM/AHA Physical Activity Recommendations for Older Adults

By American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association

United States of America

Official Name of Policy or Guidelines:
Physical Activity and Public Health in Older Adults: Recommendation from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Name(s) of Organizations that created policy or guidelines:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)

Brief Description:
These guidelines expand upon the preventive recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ACSM in 1995. The new guidelines now contain more specific activity guidelines that acknowledge age-associated differences in aerobic capacity. Flexibility exercises are now recommended as well as balance exercises, but only for older adults at risk of falls.

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A document presenting evidence of the relationship between physical activity and health geared toward policy makers and program administrators.

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