Exercise, Aging, and Health: Overcoming Barriers to an Active Old Age / Edition 1

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Appropriate for professionals in gerontology, sports psychology, health psychology, physical education and social science programs that deal with older populations and community resources, this book first discusses the pros and cons of physical activity for older persons. It then explores the theoretical reasons for which older people do not pursue physical activity and how to overcome this reluctance. There is a model included, as well as implications for future social policy.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Despite exercise scientists' recommendations, few elderly Canadians are out sweatin' to the oldies. O'Brien (physical education and recreation, U. of Alberta) summarizes the scientific evidence regarding the effects of exercise among older adults, contrasting it with the known risks and providing guidelines for safe and easy movements. She presents theories regarding older adult activity behavior and considers reasons for the reluctance to participate in regular physical activity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560324133
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Living Longer and Aging Better
Ch. 1 Aging Poorly with Sedentary Living 3
Ch. 2 A Demographic Profile of Adults Born Before 1921 15
Ch. 3 Activity Patterns - Past and Present 25
Ch. 4 Risks of Late-Life Exercise 49
Ch. 5 Benefits of Exercise Participation 59
Ch. 6 Older Adult Beliefs About Exercise with Wonita Janzen 71
Ch. 7 Reversing the Downward Spiral with Art C. Burgess 97
Ch. 8 Survival Skills for Independent Living 115
Pt. 2 Toward a Theory of Older Adult Exercise Motivation
Ch. 9 Perspectives in Health Psychology 145
Ch. 10 Contextual Explanations 153
Ch. 11 Cognitive Explanations 171
Ch. 12 The Synthesis of Theory: A Composite Model 191
Ch. 13 A Self-Talk Model of Exercise Motivation 207
Ch. 14 Research Challenges: The Limits of Current Knowledge 215
Ch. 15 Policy Implications 223
References 229
Index 257
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