Development and evaluation of "Aging Well and Healthily": A health-education and exercise program for community-living older adults

Marijke Hopman-Rock*, Marja H. Westhoff

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Abstract

The Aging Well and Healthily (AWH) program consists of health education by peers and low-intensity exercise. It was evaluated via a small randomized controlled trial and a community intervention trial involving older adults in the Netherlands. Reasons stated for participation were to exercise (35%), to acquire information about health (28%), and for social reasons (12%). The program was rated 8.2 on a 10-point scale. Twenty-five percent of participants joined exercise groups after the program ended, and 28% intended to do so. The mean physical activity score improved from 2.6 to 4.6 at follow-up (F = 16.9, p =.00) and was for the least active participants significantly different from that of the control group (F = 22.9, p = .02). Four to 6 months later, 60% of respondents reported still doing the exercises regularly at home. It is concluded that AWH is a potentially effective program for older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-381
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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