The University of Salamanca is exporting its Geriatric Rehabilitation Program to Spanish cities, Portugal and Latin America and recalls the benefits of the exercise on the World Day of Physical Activity.

There is increasing scientific evidence that physical activity and therapeutic exercise are intimately related to endogenous metabolic processes that have to do with the functioning of people at all levels. Saint Thomas Aquinas already knew this in the sixteenth century: diseases of the soul can be so strong that they can produce physical illnesses and even death. Even so, it was not until 2002 that the World Health Organization declared April 6 as the World Day of Physical Activity to promote actions in this area aimed at achieving good health and well-being.
With this philosophy focused on the elderly, Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Salamanca, José Ignacio Calvo Arenillas, launched the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program (PREGE) in collaboration with the City of Salamanca, a project of preventive physiotherapy and health care for the elderly, highly consolidated today, after 25 years, which has been exported to many cities in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Experience has allowed USAL to carry out important research activity in the field of physical activity and cognition, fragility, oxidative capacity and sarcopenia with results “of high impact published in prestigious journals,” the Director of the program, Calvo Arenillas, told Communication University of Salamanca.


More information at Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca


Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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