With the continuing growth of elderly population in the modernized societies, it has become a matter of increasing urgency to look for ways to maintain and improve the functional abilities of ageing people, to help them cope independently in the community and ultimately, to raise the quality of their lives. The health of older people should not and cannot be examined simply from the vantage-point of disease prevalence or the absence of illness. Roman writer Martial wrote in his Epigrammata “Life is not just being alive, but being well”.
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