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What Factors Influence Persistence Rates In Active Older Adult Group Exercise Programs?, Jennifer Danilowski Dec 2014

What Factors Influence Persistence Rates In Active Older Adult Group Exercise Programs?, Jennifer Danilowski

South Florida Education Research Conference

The purpose of this research is to determine factors that influence the persistence rates of active older adults participating in group exercise classes. During the study, group participants and instructors in a Florida facility were asked to respond to surveys ascertaining motivational factors regarding participation in active older adult classes. Utilizing participant data, instructors were given a professional development course as part of the treatment. Data indicates participants prefer working in group settings to prevent health related illness, for socialization, and for instructors. Research demonstrates that the instructor plays a critical role in advancing exercise understanding and providing motivation that ...