Ellen Freiberger, PhD, is with the Institute of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Her research includes the study of interlimb motor coordination and aging, and of fall prevention in community-dwelling older adults. Since 2003, Freiberger has been a collaborating member of ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe), and since 2006, she has served on the Steering Committee of the European Network on Action, Aging and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA).
Physical fitness is more highly related to physical self-efficacy than to physical competence, physical acceptance, and global self-esteem. Physical competence is more highly related to global self-esteem than is physical self-efficacy or physical fitness. Thus, physical performance influences physical self-worth and physical self-worth influences performance.
Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto presented findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Recent brain research shows that bilingual people’s brains function better and for longer after developing Alzheimer’s. It is believed that bilingual people constantly exercise their brain systems to prevent the two languages from interfering with one another.
Two examples from the American experience will be presented to illustrate the successes and challenges of such implementation efforts: 1) Active for Life-a privately funded 12 site program to increase physical activity through one of two evidence-based programs; and 2) the federal Choices for Independence Evidence-based Program which is examining several different activity related programs across 24 states. To implement evidence based programs, educating instructors for these programs is an ...