Changes in Physical Functioning in the Active Living Every Day Program of the Active for Life Initiative®

Low levels of physical functioning among older adults are associated with subsequent disability, mobility limitations, falls, hospitalization, requirement of a caregiver, nursing home admissions and mortality.

To counter this and increase physical activity, as part of the Active for Life Initiative, the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio implemented the Active Living Every Day (ALED) group-based behavior change program. The lifestyle and physical activity intervention teaches participants how to become and remain physically active.

Over four years, ALED tested whether diverse participants in the 20-week program (in year four, a 1