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JFSF Vol 7, No 1, March 2022, p.29-31

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-07-029


Perspective Article

Physical Resilience: A novel approach for healthy aging

Jagadish K. Chhetri1, Lina Ma1, Piu Chan1,2,3,4

  1. Department of Geriatrics, Neurology, and Neurobiology, Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University, National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disease, Beijing, China
  2. Key Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease of the Ministry of Education, Beijing Key Laboratory for Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson Disease Center of Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders, Beijing, China
  3. Clinical Center for Parkinson’s Disease, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
  4. Advanced Innovation Center for Human Brain Protection, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Keywords: Aging, Functional ability, Healthy aging, Resilience


Population aging is evident globally. The traditional model of care based on disease management is not sufficient to develop a generation of functional older adult population. The construct of Physical Resilience (PR) holds great potential to make the agenda of healthy aging a reality if we were to properly understand it and develop intervention strategies to maintain PR through life. There are several difficulties and challenges with this novel construct that need to be resolved through research, so as to foster its vast possibilities to maintain functional ability in old age.