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Community-Based Exercise Programs for Older Adults

  • Jennifer Sokol BrachEmail author

Key Points

  • Community-based programs are designed to reach people outside the traditional healthcare setting, in “real-world” settings.

  • Community-based programs have been shown to increase the time and frequency of physical activity in older adults.

  • Community partnerships are critical to the sustainability of a community-based program.

  • Evidence-based programs increase the likelihood of a positive outcome, lead to efficient use of resources, and make it easier to justify funding.

  • The RE-AIM framework is a useful, comprehensive framework for program planning and evaluation.

Keywords

Community Older adults Exercise program Group exercise Physical activities 

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    Belza B; and the PRC-HAN Physical Activity Conference Planning Workgroup. Moving ahead: strategies and tools to plan, conduct, and maintain effective community-based physical activity programs for older adults. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2007. http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/innovation-readiness.html. Accessed 17 Dec 2014.

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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