Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh

Session Title:

Prescribing exercise as medicine to treat frailty and chronic disease

Learning Outcomes:
This lecture will present a summary of the rationale and evidence base for the use of exercise as medicine for the specific prevention and treatment of frailty in old age as well as the major chronic diseases affecting older adults. Not all forms of exercise are equally beneficial for all conditions in this age group, and the general public health guidelines are not specific enough to provide an evidence-based, individualised prescription of exercise for older adults with chronic disease.

Frailty in particular is a complex, multidimensional syndrome for which we have no medication to combat either its onset or its progression towards functional dependency. However, certain elements of the exercise prescription are potent modulators of the expression and consequences of frailty, and should therefore be at the forefront of its management. Frailty is not a contraindication to robust exercise, but conversely, one of the most important reasons to prescribe it. Practical implementation suggestions for various health care and community settings will be provided.



ProfSinghProf Maria Fiatarone Singh, M.D., FRACP, a geriatrician, has held the inaugural John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professorship, Sydney Medical School since 1999.

Prof Singh's research, teaching and clinical career has focused on the integration of geriatric medicine, exercise, and nutrition to improve quality of life in older adults, and she is recognised internationally for this work spanning over three decades.

She has designed and carried out many clinical trials and longitudinal studies in Australia, the USA, Norway, and France, including large multi-centre trials of exercise and chronic disease prevention and treatment. Prof Singh has published extensively, having authored/edited three books and 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, position stands, and reviews, with an H-Index of 61.