Implementing and Disseminating Exercise Programs for Older Adult Populations
Multiple existing evidence-based programs for promoting exercise and physical activity can be delivered through the aging services network.
Marketing evidence-based physical activity programs to potential delivery sites and practitioners is essential for beginning community programs.
Federal resources are available to help practitioners identify, implement, disseminate, and sustain evidence-based programs for promoting physical activity.
Older adult participants can use guided decision-making tools to safely participate in community-based physical activity programs.
In the USA, numerous national efforts are underway to develop community programs to enhance physical activity for older adults, yet major challenges remain in reaching the majority of older adults.
KeywordsEvidence-based programs Exercise and physical activity Implementation and dissemination research Older adults Aging services network Exercise is Medicine
This chapter supports the mission of the Strategic Health Initiative on Aging of the American College of Sports Medicine. Preparation of this chapter was also partially supported by funding from the Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Aging Research Network Special Interest Projects (CDC #U48 DP001924) and the National Institute on Aging for its support of the Community Resource Center for Senior Health (1RC4AG038183). The opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or National Institutes of Health.
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