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Within the context of a globally aging population and associated age-related changes to social relationships and individual psycho-physiology, a coalition of mostly European Union (EU) organizations concerned with physical activity in older persons was formed in 2013. The coalition examined worldwide decreases in physical activity among older adults, and the resulting negative effects on health and function for those individuals. After holding expert panel meetings, the coalition developed recommendations about how to address macro- and microlevel changes to increase and sustain physical activity among older populations across Europe. The recommendations were then compiled into a consensus document called “the Rome Statement”, aimed at older adults, policy makers, researchers, and private and public professionals. This article presents the Rome Statement and its recommendations, and discusses how the statement can be broadly disseminated, considered, and implemented.

Freiberger is with the Institute for Biomedicine of Aging, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany. Rydwik is with the Research and Development Center for the Elderly, FOU nu, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm, Sweden. Rydwik is also with the Division of Physiotherapy, Dept. of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden. Chorus and Tak are with TNO, Leiden, The Netherlands. Delecluse is with KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Schena is with the Verona University, Verona, Italy. Waaler is with the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway. Laventure is assessor/director/tutor of Later Life Training, Northumberland, UK. van Meeteren is with the Department of Epidemiology, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, Topsector Life Sciences and Health (Health–Holland), Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Address author correspondence to Ellen Freiberger at ellen.freiberger@fau.de.
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