Title

Facilitators and Barriers to Older Adults Engaging in Physical Activities

Date

5-31-2018 5:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 7:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Chair

Brent King

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Margaret Manoogian

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

In order for a growing aging population to preserve independence for as long as possible, older adults need to maintain their mobility levels, largely through participating in physical activity (Costello, Kafchinski, Vrazel, & Sullivan, 2011). The importance of physical activity in older adult life is widely recognized, yet older adults are the least active age group in the United States (Bethancourt, Rosenburg, Beatty, & Arterburn, 2014). This qualitative study focuses on the facilitators and barriers regarding physical activity through individual interviews with older men and women (N=15) residing in an independent living community. Understanding more about what contributes to engagement in physical activities will help to inform how wellness programs can be structured among older adults within this type of residential community.

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May 31st, 5:00 PM May 31st, 7:00 PM

Facilitators and Barriers to Older Adults Engaging in Physical Activities

WUC Pacific Room

In order for a growing aging population to preserve independence for as long as possible, older adults need to maintain their mobility levels, largely through participating in physical activity (Costello, Kafchinski, Vrazel, & Sullivan, 2011). The importance of physical activity in older adult life is widely recognized, yet older adults are the least active age group in the United States (Bethancourt, Rosenburg, Beatty, & Arterburn, 2014). This qualitative study focuses on the facilitators and barriers regarding physical activity through individual interviews with older men and women (N=15) residing in an independent living community. Understanding more about what contributes to engagement in physical activities will help to inform how wellness programs can be structured among older adults within this type of residential community.