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While the physical and emotional benefits of exercise are well known, less than half of older adults are engaged in regular physical activity.

The following evidence-based programs in physical activity are proven to produce measureable health benefits for older adults.

Active Living Every Day

Active Living Every Day (ALED) uses facilitated group-based problem solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living. This program utilizes the ALED book and offers optional online support resources for participants and facilitators. The ALED program is flexible. It can be offered independently or with existing community-based physical activity programs. Learn more about Active Living Every Day.

EnhanceFitness

EnhanceFitness (formerly Lifetime Fitness Program), is a low-cost, highly adaptable exercise program offering levels that are challenging enough for active older adults and levels that are safe enough for the unfit or near frail. One-hour group classes include stretching, flexibility, balance, low-impact aerobics, and strength-training. Learn more about EnhanceFitness.

EnhanceWellness

EnhanceWellness (formerly the Health Enhancement Program) is an individualized, motivational self-care intervention that encourages older adults to take on health challenges and maintain control of their lives. A team of two professionals, typically a nurse and social worker, work with the individual to develop a plan and help that individual achieve his/her goals. Learn more about EnhanceWellness.

Fit and Strong!

Fit and Strong! combines flexibility, strength training and aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA).  Fit & Strong! works with providers across the country to deliver an eight-week program that improves lower extremity stiffness , lower extremity pain, lower extremity strength, aerobic capacity, participation in exercise and caloric expenditure, and self-efficacy for exercise. Learn more about Fit and Strong!

Healthy Moves for Aging Well

Healthy Moves for Aging Well is a simple and safe in-home physical activity intervention developed and tested by Partners in Care to enhance the activity level of frail, high-risk sedentary seniors living at home. The model was developed for community-based care management programs arranging and delivering services to seniors in the home. Learn more about Healthy Moves for Aging Well.

Walk with Ease

The Arthritis Foundation's Walk with Ease program helps participants develop a walking plan that meets their particular needs, stay motivated, manage pain, and exercise safely.  The Walk with Ease materials are based on programs that have been successfully implemented in research settings and have resulted in such benefits as increased physical activity, increased walking distance and speed, decreased pain and decreased depression.  Learn more about Walk with Ease.

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