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Hyvä fyysinen suorituskyky on iäkkäille ihmisille erityisen tärkeää vastoinkäymisissä (2022)
Good physical performance is especially important for older people in adversities

Koivunen, K. (2022). Hyvä fyysinen suorituskyky on iäkkäille ihmisille erityisen tärkeää vastoinkäymisissä. Fysioterapia, 69(1), 20-27.

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All authors or editors: Koivunen, Kaisa

Journal or series: Fysioterapia

ISSN: 0789-5232

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 69

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 20-27

Publisher: Suomen fysioterapeutit

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

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Additional information: Artikkeli. Kaisa Koivusen terveystieteiden väitöskirja ”Resilience in old age: physical performance and psychosocial factors in changing sociohistorical contexts and as resources in adversities” tarkastettiin lokakuussa Jyväskylän yliopiston liikuntatieteellisessä tiedekunnassa. Se on luettavissa JYX-julkaisuarkistossa: http://uri.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8855-5


Resilience refers to the process of adaption in adversity. It may play a significant role with regard to aging well. As one gets older, there is an increased probability of various adversities, such as falling ill. It is therefore important to identify factors that help older people maintain functional capacity and wellbeing despite adversity. This study found that indicators of physical performance, such as grip force and walking speed, reflect the physical reserve capacity among older people, which is needed especially for survival and adaptation in the event of adversity. According to the results of the study, the physical performance of older people is now better than before, which is probably the result of improved living conditions among later-born people. This may help today's older people cope with adversity better than previous generations.

Keywords: older people; resilience; well-being; physical functioning; physical fitness; muscle strength; walking (motion)

Free keywords: Ikivihreät-tutkimus; AGNES-tutkimus; kävelynopeus

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Reporting Year: 2022

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