Aging is associated with the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, also known as sarcopenia. This loss of muscle mass and strength is associated with functional impairment in daily life activities and causes both physical and functional limitations, eventually resulting in the loss of independence in elderly.
To counteract the decrease in muscle mass and strength and to improve functional capacity several interventions have been proposed. This thesis focusses on the advantages of resistance type exercise training, and the role of nutrition (more specifically protein supplementation) to improve muscle mass, strength and functional capacity in the community dwelling elderly population.
Defence date: 22/10/16