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Letters Exercise in people over 85

We need a network of exercise centres for older people

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 31 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1265
  1. Hugh Bethell, director of the Staywell Programme
  1. Basingstoke and Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Charity, Cardiac Rehab Centre, Alton GU34 1RQ, UK
  1. hjnbethell{at}

The subtitle of Izquierdo and colleagues’ excellent article might be more accurate if changed from “Advanced age is no barrier to the benefits of tailored exercise” to “Advanced age is a strong indication for tailored exercise.”1 The benefits of exercise into old age for the prevention of frailty and dependency are …

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