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Community-Based Exercise Programs for Older Adults

Avers, Dale PT, DPT, PhD

Section Editor(s): Lewis, Carole B. DPT, PT, GTC, GCS, MSG, MPA, PhD, FAPTA; Editor

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e318204b029
Original Article

This article describes best practices for designing and delivering a community exercise program (CEP). Content includes the evidence for the effectiveness of CEPs with consideration of a diverse aging population and logistics of space, equipment, instructor qualifications and attributes, cultural issues, class structure, and financial considerations. Specific prescreening tools and outcome measures will be discussed as will the role of specialty classes and marketing strategies.

Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health Professions, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.

Correspondence: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health Professions, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY (aversd@upstate.edu).

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