The “Golden Years”
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The “Golden Years” book
As we grow older (i.e., >65 years old), we accumulate a number of deŠcits caused by degenerative illnesses for which we compensate in different ways until the day comes when compensation is no longer possible, our physiologic reserve has been decreased to the point that homeostasis can no longer be achieved, and death follows. If medicine has fulŠlled its goal, by the time of death, those diseases that could have been prevented have been prevented, those that could have been cured have been cured, and, through the duration of the person’s life, the functional capacity has been increased and the symptoms of disease decreased as much as possible. The functional capacity and the amount of pain and suffering give the patient a certain level of excellence called the quality of life. The primary objective of exercise in the elderly is to treat their medical problems and improve their functional capacity, thus improving their quality of life.