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dc.contributor.authorJancey, Jonine
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Ann
dc.contributor.authorHowat, Peter
dc.contributor.authorLee, Andy
dc.contributor.authorShilton, Trevor
dc.contributor.authorFisher, John
dc.identifier.citationJancey, Jonine M. and Clarke, Ann and Howat, Peter A. and Lee, Andy H. and Shilton, Trevor and Fisher, John. 2008. A physical activity program to mobilize older people: A practical and sustainable approach. The Gerontologist 48 (2): pp. 251-257.

Purpose: Despite the documented benefits of physical activity, it remains difficult to motivate older adults to start and maintain regular physical activity. This study tested an innovative intervention for mobilizing older adults into a neighborhood-based walking program. Design and Methods: Researchers recruited a total of 260 healthy but insufficiently active adults aged 65 to 74 years and randomly selected from the Australian electoral roll from 30 Perth metropolitan neighborhoods. Social cognitive theory guided the design of the program. Researchers collected both qualitative and quantitative data to inform the development, together with ongoing process evaluation. Results: A total of 65% of participants completed the program. Their mean weekly walking time for recreation increased by about 100 min, and 80% of participants reported that they would continue to walk twice per week upon program completion. Implications: This practical program is potentially effective and sustainable with respect to mobilizing physically inactive older people.

dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.titleA physical activity program to mobilize older people: A practical and sustainable approach
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleThe Gerontologist
curtin.departmentWestern Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research (Curtin Research Centre)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.facultyPublic Health
curtin.facultyWestern Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research (WACHPR)

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