Active Aging Canada conducted a survey and held focus group meetings with older adults and practitioners. The results are not surprising, but are very helpful when planning activities for seniors.
Most older adults think there are three major parts of active living:
Barriers to physical activity are consistent with the research and are still issues for many older adults. They include:
When asked what motivates those who are currently active, their response was:
For practitioners working with and developing programs for older adults try to reduce if not remove the barriers noted above and remember that the biggest motivators for being active are having fun, socializing, and feeling good!