Physical activity program titled ‘Senior-friendly municipality’ as a good practice example
ISPAH ePoster Library. University Palacky P. Oct 16, 2018; 225357
Palacky University Palacky
Palacky University Palacky
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The project ‘Senior-friendly municipality’ was launched in cooperation of the Baluo Application Centre (AC BALUO), Faculty of Physical Culture at the Palacký University and the Olomouc city. It aimed to promote active lifestyle in older population through a physical activity program, follow-up monitoring and description of the program participants’ adherence. Methods:<\b>
Older adults from the Olomouc city were invited to participate in 10-weeks free-of-charge active program in the AC BALUO in October and November 2017. AC BALUO offered the broad spectrum of physical activities (PAs) for 75-90 minutes once a week and the participants were allowed to combine them. Besides variety of PAs, the participants could also visit a physiotherapist and take part in the measurement of body composition. At the end of the program, the participants were offered to continue. Results:<\b>
Overall, 236 older adults aged 57-89 years entered the program. On average, 110-185 people attended a single session. 129 older adults participated in slightly reduced offer of PAs (price 50 CZK ≈ 2 EUR) between 1st December 2017 and 13th February 2018. Out of those, 80 older adults continued in their participation since the initial program and 49 were registered newly.Conclusions:The preliminary results indicate that similar projects might promote interest in physical activity among older adults. In the upcoming stages, we will aim to investigate older adults’ motives for participation in the physical activity program and, in contrast, what made the others cease their participation.
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