There is a substantial body of evidence indicating that regular participation in moderate levels of physical activity is a critical element for sustaining good health in the later years. The majority of aging individuals with disabilities do not participate in physical activity at levels that can provide health benefits. Aging adults with physical disabilities are predisposed to a higher number of secondary conditions that may adversely affect their independence and well-being. Physical activity has the potential to offset aging- and disability-related losses in function. There is a critical need to better understand the potential benefits of physical activity and various forms of structured and unstructured exercise in persons aging with a physical disability. Copyright © 2004 by Elsevier Science (USA).
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