Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Aging -- physiology; Weight Lifting


Physical conditioning to improve levels of functional independence is a key rehabilitation process for many elderly adults. This Independent Study is a review of published information concerning exercise for the elderly population with special attention focused on progressive resistive weight training. The inclusion and participation in exercise has been shown to provide many benefits for improving physiological systems' functioning, and also reduce the systems' natural age decline. Exercise participation is therefore highly beneficial; whether it is aerobic, weight training, or recreational activity. Progressive resistive weight training provides the gains of a strengthening program and allows for endurance/aerobic training through the circuit cycle. This type of training would appear the most productive means of exercise in a program for general recovery from a deficit level. Exercise participation must be viewed as a lifelong process, which is routinely performed at least three times per week.