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Keywords:

  • ageing;
  • exercise;
  • fall prevention;
  • haemophilic arthropathy;
  • osteoporosis;
  • physical activity

Summary.  In older men with haemophilia, arthropathy resulting from a lifetime of intra-articular bleeding contributes to the loss of independence and increased morbidity that occurs with age. A regular exercise programme that incorporates aerobics, strength training and balance and flexibility activities is a key component of successful ageing, helping to improve functional mobility and reduce the risk of falls, osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. Because of the special challenges associated with haemophilia, which include both the underlying coagulopathy and, in many cases, extensive joint damage, patients beginning an exercise regimen should be referred to appropriately trained physiotherapists (preferably someone associated with a haemophilia treatment centre) for evaluation, education and instruction and follow-up. Various assistive devices may make exercise easier to perform and more comfortable.