Older Adults Can Get Moving: New Screening Tool Tailors Activities to Individual Needs

Assessing existing screening guidelines for physical activity

In 2002, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center undertook a comprehensive overview of methods used to screen older people before they begin exercise regimens.

The purpose was to see what impact such health screens might have on either facilitating or impeding people from appropriate levels of activity.

Key Results:

  • The project team created an assessment tool for older adults called the Exercise/Physical Activity Assessment and Screening for You (EASY). According to the project director, it represents a paradigm shift in screening, changing the focus from excluding people from activity because of their physical condition to tailoring physical activity regimens to individual needs.

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