The Benefits of Physical Activity in Later Life for Society

  • Geeske Peeters
  • Sheila Tribess
  • Jair S. Virtuoso-Junior


In this health economics chapter, the consequences of physical inactivity on society are considered. Those who are inactive have higher health care needs, increased costs and a poorer quality of life. This seems to be true for older adults living in the community and also for residents of long-term care accommodation. Programs that aim to improve physical activity in community-dwelling older adults only have a modest impact on quality of life and tend to add to the costs in the short term. The effectiveness of physical activity programs on quality of life and health care costs in older adults living in long-term care accommodation and/or with dementia remains to be confirmed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geeske Peeters
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sheila Tribess
    • 3
  • Jair S. Virtuoso-Junior
    • 3
  1. 1.Global Brain Health InstituteUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Sports Science, Institute of Health SciencesFederal University of Triangulo MineiroUberabaBrazil

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