Social Relationships and Promoting Physical Activity Among Older People
Social relationships are central to our health and well-being. Substantive research has shown that increasing social engagement and support for physical activity within families, communities, and neighbourhoods can promote physical activity. Evidence also suggests adults’ social lives change well into older adulthood, and these changes impact older adults’ behaviours. Effective physical activity interventions for older adults should integrate adult development theory with known facilitators of physical activity behaviour. Specifically, integrating appropriate social support networks, considering the role of ageism and ageist language, and paying careful attention to the social environment are examined as key components to interventions designed to increase physical activity in older adult populations.
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