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Topic: Participation and strategy
tim (1 Posts) from United States on Oct 2, 2009:

Typically, the healthiest members of the older adult population are the most willing to participate in an educational intervention. How can we target/include those who have greatest need and yet are the least likely to participate?

Ellen (2 Posts) from Germany on Oct 19, 2009:

One of the major barriers for older persons to start the program are the attitude about the terms you use e.g phyiscal fitness might stop an older more frail persons whereas the term staying independent through physical activity will be more appealing to this persons. To inlcude persons in need of such programs one way to lower the barrier is to formulate it in a positive manner and relate it to the main goals of older persons e.g. staying independent or healthy or being able to cope with everyday lifes challenges through physical activity. Looking into theoretical backround e.g. theory of planmned behavior or SOK by Baltes and Baltes might also help. understand

Zach (1 Posts) from United States on Nov 4, 2009:

This is one of the hardest things to do when working with an older population.  It usually takes a life altering event or illness to get them to participate in something such as fitness classes or health programs.  By then, of course, the damage has already taken place.  It is critical to establish healthy lifestyles to individuals as soon as one can.  Whether it be in grade school, adolescence, or adulthood, these healthy lifestyle choices need to be integrated into populations before routine sets in and forms negative behaviors.  

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