Implementation of an Evidence-Based Exercise Program for Older Adults in South Florida.

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Journal of aging research, ISSN: 2090-2204, Vol: 2016, Page: 9630241

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Palmer, Richard C.; Batra, Anamica; Anderson, Chelsie; Page, Timothy; Vieira, Edgar; Seff, Laura
Hindawi Limited; Hindawi Publishing Corporation; Journal of Aging Research; hindawi
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. This study aimed to examine how well an evidence-based physical activity program could be translated for wide scale dissemination and adoption to increase physical activity among community-dwelling older adults. . Between October 2009 and December 2012, reach, fidelity, dosage, ease of implementation, and barriers to translation of EnhanceFitness (EF) were assessed. To assess effectiveness, a pretest-posttest design was used to measure increases in functional fitness (chair stands, arm curls, and the up-and-go test). . Fourteen community-based agencies offered 126 EF classes in 83 different locations and reached 4,490 older adults. Most participants were female (72%). Thirty-eight percent of participants did not complete the initial 16-week EF program. The 25% who received the recommended dose experienced an increase in upper and lower body strength and mobility. Further, participants reported high satisfaction with the program. . EF was successfully implemented in a variety of settings throughout South Florida and reached a large number of older adults. However, challenges were encountered in ensuring that those who participated received a program dose that would lead to beneficial gains in functional fitness.