Pilot enhancement of the arthritis foundation exercise program with a healthy aging program

Elizabeth A. Schlenk, Joni Vander Bilt, Wei Hsuan Lo-Ciganic, Mini E. Jacob, Sarah E. Woody, Molly B. Conroy, C. Kent Kwoh, Steven M. Albert, Robert Boudreau, Anne B. Newman, Janice C. Zgibor

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Older adults with arthritis or joint pain were targeted for a pilot program enhancing the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program with the 10 Keys™ to Healthy Aging Program. Using a one-group, pre-post design, feasibility was examined and improvements in preventive behaviors, arthritis outcomes, and cardiometabolic outcomes were explored. A 10-week program was developed, instructors were recruited and trained, and four sites and 51 participants were recruited. Measures included attendance, adherence, satisfaction, preventive behaviors, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (pain and stiffness), glucose, and cholesterol. Three fourths of participants attended >50% of the sessions. At 6 and 12 months, more than one half performed the exercises 1 to 2 days per week, whereas 28% and 14% exercised 3 to 7 days per week, respectively. Participants (92%) rated the program as excellent/very good. Nonsignificant changes were observed in expected directions. Effect sizes were small for arthritis and cardiometabolic outcomes. This program engaged community partners, demonstrated feasibility, and showed improvements in some preventive behaviors and health risk profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-132
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Gerontological Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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