Feasibility study on adapting a physical activity program for low-income seniors

Physical activity has numerous beneficial effects on the physical and mental health of older adults (e.g., improved functional performance; reduction of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis; improved sleep; and enhanced quality of life). Despite these benefits, only 10 to 30 percent of older adults report regular exercise. A sedentary lifestyle or inactivity is more common among older women, especially women of color. The prevalence of inactivity ranges from about 50 percent in white women 75 years of age or older to 61 percent for African-American women. Efforts to increase activity levels of older adults, especially women, need to integrate behavioral models for increasing motivation and self-efficacy that are culturally and gender appropriate. The purpose of this project is to test the feasibility of adapting the Exercise Plus Program, originally developed as a home-based exercise program for women who had sustained hip fractures, for a predominantly low-income, minority population living in a senior housing project in New York City. This project will be considered successful if it determines the feasibility of delivering this program successfully in the target population. Results will be used by the New York City Department of Health, as well as for reports that will be presented at professional meetings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $57,640.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2002

Time frame: 7/1/2002 - 7/31/2004

Grant Number: 45610


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

125 Worth Street, CN 28
New York, 10013-4006


Daria Luisi
Project Director