The 36th Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics is replete with state-of-the-art
scholarship along with a cornucopia of research-based and innovative strategies
for optimizing function in older adults through exercise and physical activity.
Chapters address salient clinical, programmatic, and policy considerations related
to implementation and dissemination of exercise programs across a variety of
An international cadre of expert nurses, physicians, physical therapists, and exercise physiologists, among other health care professionals, also focus on what is known about specific exercises for older adults—including benefit versus harm associated with each--and provide recommendations for their practical use.
The book addresses public policy related to exercise and how policy affects physical activity among older adults. It considers evidence linking physical activity to positive outcomes along with practical issues such as pre-exercise screening and risk stratification. Chapters cover aerobic, resistance, balance, and stretching exercises, along with recommendations for individuals suffering from specific diseases such as arthritis or dementia. Also addressed is physical activity as a determinant of health, and cross-setting approaches to increase function and physical activity. Of particular value is the attention given to the challenges of actually getting individuals to partake in exercise recommendations along with solutions on how to overcome these challenges. With a focus on helping adults to “be active in their own way,” the authors share positive approaches to motivating and educating this population.
• Presents state-of-the-art scholarship regarding ways to promote physical
activity among older adults
• Written by national and international experts
• Focuses on aerobic, resistance, balance, and stretching exercises along with recommendations for people with impairments
• Describes real world applications across multiple disciplines and settings
• Offers strategies for overcoming resistance to exercise
From the Foreword
“It is with great pleasure that I encourage you all to read and share the amazing wealth of information provided in this edition of The Annual Review of Gerontology …This volume brings together an incredible amount of work in the area of physical activity and specifically exercise, and the challenges we face in engaging older adults in optimal amounts and intensities of activity. The authors…have done a remarkable job of highlighting practical ways to share information that is known to be effective from research trials and clinical practice.” -Kathleen Mangione, PhD, PT, GCS
Section One: Policy and Practice Related to Exercise and Function
1. The Impact of Policy on Exercise Activity and Where We Need to Go
2. Physical Activity Versus Exercise: Is Screening Necessary?
3. Consensus of Evidence Based Risk Assessment
4. Behavior Change
Section Two: Aerobic Exercise
1. Recommendations for Older Adults: What, Where, When and How
2. Benefits of Aerobic Exercise for Older Adults
3. Innovative Approaches to Exercise Among Older Adults
Section Three: Resistance Exercise
1. Resistance Exercise to Prevent and Manage Sarcopenia
2. Resistance Exercise: Slow Movement Versus Balistic Training
3. Resistance Exercise: Recommendations for Age Relevant Benefits
Section Four: Balance Exercise
Section Five: Stretching Exercise
1. Benefits Versus Harm to Stretching Pre or Post Exercise
2. Dynamic versus Static Stretching and Training to Task
Section Six: Incorporating Function and Physical Activity Across All Settings
1. Incorporating Function and Physical Activity Across All Settings
Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, USA co-directs the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program and the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Research Center of Excellence, holds the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, and does clinical work at Roland Park Place. Dr. Resnick has over 250 published articles, numerous chapters in nursing and medical textbooks, and books on Restorative Care and Resilience in Older adults.
Marie Boltz PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN is an Associate Professor at the Connell School of Nursing, USA. She has also served as PI, co-PI, and consultant on studies that have examined the geriatric care environment, models of care, and measures of quality around care of older persons. In her prior role as Practice Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, she developed educational resources and project management tools for clinicians, families, and administrators, designed to improve the health and function of older adults. Dr. Boltz serves on several national advisory boards informing aging program development and evaluation. She contributes to editorial boards, is the lead editor of Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, and serves on several national advisory boards informing aging program development and evaluation.