Physical performance characteristics related to disability in older persons: A systematic review

Authors Ilse Arts, Yvonne van der Schouw, Marjolein den Ouden, Marieke Schuurmans
Published in Maturitas
Publication date 2011
Type Article


Progressive disability develops with older age in association with underlying disease, comorbidity and frailty. Physical performance characteristics are important to improve the physical condition of older persons and therefore may be able to prevent or delay the onset of (progressive) disability. However lack of understanding of the physiology and etiology of functional decline leading to disability causes a problem in the development of effective preventive interventions. The aim of the present review is to determine which physical performance characteristics are determinants of disability in the older general population.

Language English
Published in Maturitas
Key words ouderen, fysieke gesteldheid, handicap
Page range 208-219