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Increasing the healthy activities of older people: A behavioural approach

Burkhardt, M.S. and Leach, D.J. (2007) Increasing the healthy activities of older people: A behavioural approach. In: 40th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 21-23 November 2007, Adelaide, Australia.

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Despite considerable resources being directed towards healthy living initiatives and mass media campaigns urging older people to adopt more physically active lifestyles, 75.2% of Australians over the age of 65 were considered “sedentary” in a recent National Heath Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006). Improving the health and wellbeing of older people involves arranging supportive contexts and self-management of more physically active behaviours – an area that has received surprisingly little attention by behaviour analysts.This paper explores mainstream,
approaches to increasing the healthy activities of older
people, gives the rationale for a comprehensive, home-based
behavioural program, and presents a behaviour analytic perspective
as it pertains to the future of health promotion and
healthy living initiatives for older people.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: 2007 COTA
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