Characteristics of local ymcas who are early adopters of a senior exercise program
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 8:30 a.m. - 8:42 a.m.
Objective: EnhanceFitness ® (EF) is an evidence-based and community-delivered group exercise program that helps older adults maintain health and physical function. A novel partnership between Senior Services (Seattle, Washington) and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for Ys in the U.S., could yield promise in improving population health. The purpose of this study was to determine participant and site characteristics at Y sites that offered EF from 2005-2011 to inform EF dissemination. Method: We analyzed data from Y sites who either currently offer, or had previously offered EF. Analyses included descriptive statistics of participant baseline demographics and physical function tests. Parametric and non-parametric tests were performed. Census data was collected to assess demographic characteristics of the communities. Results: Since 2005, 101 Y sites have offered EF to 2,322 participants in 16 states, including 65 active Y sites (n=1824 participants) and 36 formerly active Y sites (n=498 participants). Participants were, on average, 72 years old. When compared to age and gender norms, 74%, 52% and 32% of participants met or exceeded standards for Arm Curl, Chair Stand, and 8-Foot Up-and-Go, respectively. Active sites were located in areas with lower percent white population, higher percent foreign-born, and slightly higher poverty. Conclusion: Nationally-networked community organizations provide an ideal partner for Senior Services to improve wide dissemination of EF into underserved communities. Understanding characteristics of EF participants and Y sites will inform the national dissemination of EF through the Y network.
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Describe participant and site characteristics at Y of USA sites that offered EnhanceFitness from 2005-2011.
Keyword(s): Aging, Physical Activity
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the primary research scientist on this work. My research is focused on aging and physical activity, and disseminating evidence-based programs in community settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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