John M. Heath, MD, and Marian R. Stuart, PhD


J Am Board Fam Med. 2002;15(3) 

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Although barriers exist, physicians can effectively promote exercise as a therapeutic intervention for their frail elderly patients. It is essential that physicians enthusiastically discuss exercise on a regular basis. Physicians must explore with patients which types of exercise would best fit into their routines and what support is needed to overcome their sedentary lifestyles. The increased vitality, strength, flexibility, balance, and general sense of well-being that can be achieved through this intervention will reward patient and physician alike.


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