Activity & Aging Information
Aging Tips From the Blueprint Partners
for the Elderly
Exercise: How to Get
A handout from the American Academy of Family Physicians for elderly patients
on starting to exercise and selecting different types of physical activities.
Information sheet from the American Academy of Family Physicians for patients
on how to start an exercise program. Exercise:
A Healthy Habit to Start and Keep
Information on how to get started, prevent injuries, and definitions of
fitness terms by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Information sheet from the American Academy of Family Physicians with
Tips for Older Americans
Suggestions for starting an exercise program by the American Heart Association.
Americans and Physical Activity
Physical fitness provides many benefits. Information from the American
Activity in Your Daily Life
Exercise at home, at work, and at play: tips from the American Heart Association.
for Exercise Success
Source: American Heart Association
The American Heart Association offers an online fitness center that includes
an exercise diary to help you track your workouts.
A self-paced 12-week physical activity program created specifically for
women by the American Heart Association. Participants can receive a free
program handbook with tips and tools to help you meet your fitness goals.
Disease and Women: Be Physically Active
Information from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on activities
that promote heart health and how to start an exercise program.
Active: Articles and Web Tools
Ideas and web-based calculators from the American Cancer Society to help
you improve your lifestyle.
Activity and Health
A Surgeon General report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report includes statistics
on incidences of chronic illness, economic consequences of inactivity,
and the associated health risks of not maintaining a healthy weight.
Promotes Health Through Physical Activity
A fact sheet and website links from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention about HHS programs, research and resources on health promotion.
Active Lifestyles Among Older Adults
Paper describes efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
in pursuing National Blueprint strategies.
Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults
The Guide serves as a roadmap explaining why physical activity is important
and offering tips to increase physical activity.
Vitality Approach: Active Living
Health Canada's Vitality Program Leader's Guide for healthy living. The
guide is targeted to leaders working in the health promotion field.
Living Guide: Home Safety for Seniors
A Guide from Health Canada includes a section on Physical Activity:Investing
Feeling Fit for Life
National Institute on Aging health information on exercise and steps to
Facts for Older Americans
Administration on Aging information on keeping up with the latest fitness
the Young at Heart: Exercise Tips for Seniors
Stay fit by walking, gardening, playing golf, jogging, or other activities
you enjoy. Information from the American Physical Therapy Association
A Way of Life
American Physical Therapy Association brochure describes what it means
to be "fit."
You Need to Know About Balance and Falls
This article discusses how your body maintains its balance; common problems
with balance seen in older adults; and advice and exercises for improving
balance and preventing falls. Source: American Physical Therapy Association
Patient's Guide to Preventing Falls
This ready-to-use pamphlet from the American Geriatrics Society provides
suggetions on what you can do to prevent falls and what your doctor can
do to assess your risk. Recommendations may include an exercise program
with balance training.
Training for Persons with Physical Disabilities
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability paper includes resistance
exercise guidelines for specific disability groups, such as stroke and
for Persons with Disabilities
A Research Digest newsletter article from the President's Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports.
Disease and Exercise
Barriers to increasing physical activity among persons with Alzheimer's
Disease and recommendations, including an exercise session routine. Source:
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
Disease and Exercise
Paper includes a literature review and exercise guidelines. Source: National
Center on Physical Activity and Disability
to Care for Yourself (Living with Arthritis)
Ways to make living with arthritis easier from the Arthritis Foundation.
(People With Arthritis Can Exercise)
This program from the Arthritis Foundation uses gentle activities to help
increase joint flexibility and maintain muscle strength.
The Arthritis Foundation provides an 18-week on-line program to help you
increase physical activity in your life starting at a level that is comfortable
you Can't Exercise? You can!
Article from Arthritis Today addresses concerns and excuses about exercise.
You Need to Know about Water Exercise (Arthritis)
Water is a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Information
from the Arthritis Foundation.
A fact sheet from the Arthritis Foundation.
This fact sheet discusses simple modifications that can be used to make
Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure: Sample Walking Program
A resource from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Your Path to Health
A campaign from the Office on Women's Health to help women take simple
steps to improve their health. Also provides tools for local communities
to promote practical action steps to wellness.
A personalized website from the Office on Women's Health that provides
articles on exercise, nutrition, stress, diabetes, and other risk factors
for heart disease.
Tips for Women
Answers questions, such as "How do I start a walking program?" and "How
do I warm up?" Source: Office on Women's Health
Activity and Weight Control
A weight control information network, offered by the Office on Women's
Physically Active. Exercise!
Links to publications on physical activity.
President's Challenge: You're It, Get Fit
The new web site is a motivational tool to help all Americans become active
Frequently asked questions about exercise from the Office on Women's Health.
for Exercise and Pleasure
Article from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports discusses
the benefits of walking, what to wear, how to warm up and how fast to
walk for fitness.
Up Your Life
A fitness guide for mid-life and older adults from the President's Council
on Physical Fitness and Sports. Contains 35 exercises to increase flexibility,
strength and endurance.
Learn the basics about fitness and plan a personal workout session. Information
from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Between Physical Activity and Morbidity and Mortality
A Surgeon General fact sheet report on health benefits of physical activity
and the health burdens that could be reduced through exercise.
and Consequences of Sedentary Living
An article in the newsletter Research Digest on fighting the war against
sedentary lifestyles. Source: President's Council on Physical Fitness
Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease
A report on why physical activity should be a priority for Americans of
all ages. Also provides information on the economic impact of inactivity.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Direct Medical Costs Associated with Physical Inactivity
The Physician and Sportsmedicine Journal article on the health care cost
savings of physical activity.
in Physical Activity and Short-Term Changes in Health Care Charges: A
Prospective Cohort Study of Older Adults
An article in Preventive Medicine that discusses cost savings of physical
Obesity and Chronic Disease Through Good Nutrition and Physical Activity
A fact sheet on the economic cost of obesity and chronic diseases by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among Older Americans
A new Center on an Aging Society data profile on obesity rates and the
link between obesity and chronic conditions.
Helps Older Adults to Select Age-Friendly Fitness Facilities
Checklist from the International Council on Active Aging.
on Your Health: Physical Activity
Tips for an active life, and how the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services is focusing on health prevention.
Active, Safe At Any Age U.S. Product Safety Commission brochure
includes an activity log and seven steps to prevent injury.
for Healthy Aging
Regular physical activity keeps you young. Information from Mayo Clinic.
Exercises: Staying Steady on Your Feet
Information from Mayo Clinic on how physical activity can help prevent
Healthy Solution to Aging
Magazine article from the International Council on Active Aging on the
advancement of knowledge about health benefits of physical activity for
Can Be Done to Slow the Loss of Muscle Mass Associated with Aging?
Current research indicates that elderly muscle can adapt positively, just
like young muscle, to resistance exercise. Source: American College of
Training in the Older Adult
Current Comment from ACSM on the benefits of resistance training.
Well With Strength Training
Assisted Living Today Magazine article on the benefits of special programs
in assisted living residences aimed at increasing physical fitness and
overall well-being. Information from the Assisted Living Federation of
Communities: An Evaluation Guide
A guide to evaluate whether your community has the physical features,
programs and services that will enable older persons to remain independent.
Information provided by the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Communities for Active Aging
A guide from Partnership for Prevention for developing a strategic plan
to increase walking and biking by older adults in local communities.
the Field: Four Communities Implement Active Aging Programs
Partnership for Prevention report provides examples of community programs
and guidance on how communities can evaluate these efforts.
Evaluation: Impact of Active Aging
Partnership for Prevention publication offers a step-by-step approach
to evaluation that communities can apply to their own programs.
Communities Service Center
Website features news, best practises and success stories, coalition websites
and a safe communities data toolkit. Information from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration.
Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety
This call for action document includes goals and strategies that can be
taken to reduce injury and mortality associated with bicycle-related incidents.
Falls in Older Californians
This White Paper provides background information on best practices for