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A seven step approach to starting an exercise program for older adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11040724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is strong experimental evidence to indicate that regular aerobic exercise can prevent disease, decrease the risk of failing, reduce physical disability, improve sleep, and enhance mood and general well being. Despite these benefits, approximately 50% of sedentary adults who start an exercise program stop them within the first 6 months of involvement. To help older adults initiate and adhere to a regular exercise program, a seven step approach was developed and implemented in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The seven steps include: (1) education; (2) exercise pre-screening; (3) setting goals; (4) exposure to exercise; (5) role models; (6) verbal encouragement; and (7) verbal reinforcement/rewards. Following implementation of the seven step approach, 40 (19%) of the 212 residents living in the CCRC exercise regularly.
B Resnick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0738-3991     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2000 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-12     Completed Date:  2001-05-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  243-52     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore 21201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / psychology*
Health Promotion / organization & administration*
Middle Aged
Needs Assessment
Program Development / methods*
Program Evaluation
Self Efficacy

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