Enhancing Physical Activity as Lifestyle Behavior in Older Persons: The Rome Statement

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Freiberger E, Rydwik E, Chorus A, Tak E, Delecluse C, Schena F, Waaler N, Laventure B, Van Meeteren N
Journal: Journal of aging and physical activity
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 26
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 345-351
ISSN: 1063-8652


Within the context of a globally aging population and associated age-related changes to social relationships and individual psycho-physiology, a coalition of mostly European Union (EU) organizations concerned with physical activity in older persons was formed in 2013. The coalition examined worldwide decreases in physical activity among older adults, and the resulting negative effects on health and function for those individuals. After holding expert panel meetings, the coalition developed recommendations about how to address macro- and microlevel changes to increase and sustain physical activity among older populations across Europe. The recommendations were then compiled into a consensus document called "the Rome Statement", aimed at older adults, policy makers, researchers, and private and public professionals. This article presents the Rome Statement and its recommendations, and discusses how the statement can be broadly disseminated, considered, and implemented.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Freiberger, Ellen PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin (Geriatrie)

External institutions with authors

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) / Catholic University of Leuven
Later Life Training
Maastricht University
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research / Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)
Oslo and Akershus University College / Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus
Stockholm County Council / Stockholms läns landsting
University of Verona / Università degli Studi di Verona

How to cite

Freiberger, E., Rydwik, E., Chorus, A., Tak, E., Delecluse, C., Schena, F.,... Van Meeteren, N. (2018). Enhancing Physical Activity as Lifestyle Behavior in Older Persons: The Rome Statement. Journal of aging and physical activity, 26(2), 345-351. https://dx.doi.org/10.1123/japa.2017-0001

Freiberger, Ellen, et al. "Enhancing Physical Activity as Lifestyle Behavior in Older Persons: The Rome Statement." Journal of aging and physical activity 26.2 (2018): 345-351.


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