Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology Volume 2: Issue 1, Article 6, 2021. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is important to understand why older adults are at higher risk for more severe morbidity and higher mortality compared to younger age groups. At the same time, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting physical activity and exercise can have positive benefits for older adults’ health. Point of application #1: The first step in keeping older adults active is motivating them to adhere to a structured program either at home, in a community setting, or in a long-term care facility. Point of application #2: There are many exercise programs that can be utilized to encourage older adults to stay active in order to improve their immune function and overall fitness. Point of application #3: Bingocize® is an example of an evidence-based program that has been successful during the pandemic in keeping participants motivated by being enjoyable, encouraging intergenerational connections and being feasible for older adults with a wide range of abilities.
Bragg, Rachel N. and Crandall, K. Jason J.
"Physical Activity Interventions for Older Adults in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond,"
Topics in Exercise Science and Kinesiology: Vol. 2:
1, Article 6.
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