Adding a Strong for Life physical activity component to Faith in Action projects

In many older adults, the greatest functional decline is observed in activities requiring adequate muscle strength. Strength levels decrease by 12 percent to 14 percent per decade, starting at age 60 in men and about age 50 in women. Even moderate strength gains can improve walking performance, muscle strength, and health status. Strength can be regained through a strength-training program that can be delivered in both group-based and home-based settings. Limited class times, facility accessibility, transportation, and being homebound may be key obstacles to participation, especially among older and disabled adults. Older and disabled adults can benefit from strength training, which improves walking ability and balance, builds muscle mass, and improves functional and health outcomes. The Strong for Life (SFL) program is a home-based, easy-to-follow strength training program designed to improve strength, function, and balance in older adults with physical disabilities and limitations. The purpose of this project is to implement the SFL program with up to ten existing RWJF Faith in Action programs. Project deliverables include implementing the SFL program in up to ten sites, providing training and technical assistance, and conducting an evaluation. This project will be considered successful if it results in a well implemented pilot that produces learnings that can help to make programmatic decisions about next steps.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $603,407.00

Awarded on: 7/31/2002

Time frame: 8/1/2002 - 8/31/2006

Grant Number: 46090


Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, 27157-1205


Sarah B. Cheney
Project Director