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PHYSAGENET

Sedentary lifestyles in old age are associated with an increased risk of chronic and disabling diseases, premature mortality and a substantial economic burden on society. Increased physical activity, on the other hand, can offset the negative effects of ageing and reduce the costs of inactivity. However, not all exercise regimens are universally effective and there are inter-individual differences in responses to physical activity. Therefore, there is an urgent need to create personalised exercise programmes that are tailored to the specific needs of diverse and ageing populations.
 
 
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A fundamental step towards this goal is to adopt an evidence-based medicine (EBM) approach in which conceptual challenges and pitfalls in basic research and clinical research on ageing and physical activity can be identified and addressed. The unmet needs and gaps in research and practice that currently hinder the successful implementation of EBM for the empowerment of older adults are:

 

  • Lack of consolidated research information needed to design optimal, feasible and effective exercise programmes for various target groups;
  • Exclusion of disabled, low-income and isolated older adults in both research trials and exercise interventions;
  • Lack of studies of real-world conditions over long periods and limited use of technological innovations to evaluate, implement and improve exercise programmes in older populations

 

The main objective of COST Action PhysAgeNet is to establish a sustainable network that will foster evidence-based research and practice of physical activity in older adults and enhance the integration of innovative ICT solutions based on consolidated open data research information, in order to promote health and reduce the burden of inactivity in ageing populations.

 

 

Expected results:

1

Implementation and development of evidence-based medicine (EBM) standards.


2

Data to use biomarkers and behavioural markers, as well as environmental factors.


3

Research methodology for technology- and exercise-assisted PA interventions in older age.


4

Network development, sustainability and dissemination of network results.


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