Special Issue "Physical Activity Programmes for the Elderly and Their Health Implications"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021) | Viewed by 30875
Interests: ageing; complex interventions; loneliness; social capital; health promotion; process evaluation
Interests: health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA); exercise training; exercise prescription; fitness testing; feasibility studies
Interests: physical activity; sedentary behaviour; exercise rehabilitation; interventions; public health
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Physical activity is among the most successful behaviours to promote health in the process of ageing. Remarkably, the impact of physical activity goes beyond the physical dimension of health, also providing benefits at psychological and social level, which are key aspects for the wellbeing of older people. Moreover, physical activity is the most effective intervention to recover, maintain or decrease the loss of functioning and reduce the consequences of frailty, such as age-related disability, falls, institutionalisation and mortality. Accordingly, a wide variety of physical activity programmes have been designed, implemented and tested, targeting a diversity of older populations: community-dwelling older people, nursing home residents, older people with specific chronic conditions (e.g., dementia, mobility-disability). However, generating evidence on physical activity programmes faces several challenges, such as considering the relevance of the process when interpreting the impact. Many of those challenges can be approached with the evaluation framework of complex interventions. Last but not least, physical activity programmes, as well as physical activity as a behavior, are highly influenced by social determinants of health.
Therefore, this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on novel approaches in the design, implementation and evaluation of physical activity programmes targeting older people while considering their health in its biopsychosocial dimension and the social determinants of health. Researchers are invited to contribute beyond state-of the art work to be considered for publication, including original articles based on qualitative methods, longitudinal designs, natural experiments and controlled trials, short communications, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Dr. Laura Coll-Planas
Prof. Dr. Sebastià Mas-Alos
Dr. Nicole Blackburn
Dr. Cristina Godinho
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- physical activity
- nursing home
- complex interventions
- process evaluation
- implementation research