The proportion of the population over the age of 65 is projected to hit unprecedented levels in Canada and worldwide in the next 30 years. Globally applicable and effective strategies to promote the health of aging persons are desperately needed. Physical activity to promote and preserve cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and muscular strength is likely the most generically applicable and effective health strategy available. Evidence surrounding the impact of how improvements/preservation of CRF and strength can help people age ‘successfully’ will be presented and evidence-based conclusions focusing on the need for prioritizing strength training will be highlighted.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify the role of cardiorespiratory fitness and strength in successful aging.
- Identify the role that even brief periods of sedentarism have on health and function in older adults.
- Understand the role that muscular strength plays in alleviating fall risk in older persons.
Presenter: Stuart Phillips, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University. Stuart Phillips obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Human Physiology in 1995. He joined McMaster University in 1998 and is currently a full-time Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and School of Medicine. He is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. He is also the inaugural Director of the McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence and the Director for the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence.
To read the blog recap on this webinar, go to parc.ophea.net/blog.