The Exercise Prescription for Seniors
If we could stay athletic and in perfect health until our last breath, the research of Dr. Isabelle Dionne, Canada Research Chair in Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging, would not be necessary. But, of course, this is far from the case.
Dionne is trying to find the most effective dose of exercise—possibly, combined with nutritional changes—to prevent Type 2 diabetes and physical disability among the elderly.
She is studying how the human body adapts to different forms of exercise, in order to find the right exercise prescription. Just like it would be foolish to think a single drug could cure all diseases, it is also unlikely that a single exercise prescription would be able to develop all muscle groups or would be appropriate for all types of metabolism.
Dionne’s research will help address one of the biggest challenges governing health—the prevention of disease among the elderly.