Physical activity has been documented to provide many benefits in older adults including slowing physiologic changes of aging and promoting psychological and cognitive well-being (ACSM, 2010). Although the benefits of physical activity have been well documented, many older adults do not participate in the recommended amounts necessary to elicit the known benefits. For example, only 8.1% of adults 65 to 74 participate in 10 or more minutes of vigorous physical activity three to four times per week (National Center for Health Statistics, 2004). Various reasons for their lack of participation have been ascertained including discomfort, fear of injury, social isolation, and fear of falling (Dunlap, 1999)(Lees, 2005).
Bingocize® is a successful preventative healthcare program designed to increase the physical fitness of older adults. Bingocize® , which consists of two-three 60 minute exercise sessions per week, begin with participants’ sitting at tables with bingo cards, balance pads and resistance bands. After every two exercises, a letter and number combination is announced for the game. The pattern is continued until a participant wins the game. After completing a 10-week study, participants’ significantly improved functional fitness measures including mobility, balance, muscular strength, and flexibility. Moreover, participants’ interaction with undergraduate students created an intergenerational atmosphere – promoting a mutually beneficial and fun experience.
Bingocize® has proved to be an inexpensive, effective, enjoyable, and easily replicated way to improve physical activity adherence and ultimately health- related quality of life in the older adults. The Administration on Aging (AoA) Evidence-Based Programs Review Committee found the BingocizeTM program to meet AoA’s minimal level criteria for evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. With the help of trained community partners such as a local college, YMCA, or participant volunteers, this program can be easily replicated.
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