Making Physical Activity Interventions Acceptable to Older People
For physical activity to be an acceptable part of older adults’ daily lives, we need to ensure that interventions and services are appropriate for this population. Within the broad group of older adults, there are vastly different needs due to variations in function and health which must be accommodated. All forms of physical activity have health benefits, not just moderate to vigorous activities, and should be encouraged. Despite these benefits, promoting physical activity as a source of improved health appears not to be very effective. Instead, enjoyment and social contact are fundamental to acceptability. Furthermore, services must base the promotion and delivery of interventions on research conducted with older adults, rather than assume that research findings with younger adults will be applicable.
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