A Proposal for a New Screening Paradigm and Tool Called Exercise Assessment and Screening for You (EASY)

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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The Exercise Assessment and Screening for You (EASY) is a tool developed to help older individuals, their health care providers, and exercise professionals identify different types of exercise and physical activity regimens that can be tailored to meet the existing health conditions, illnesses, or disabilities of older adults. The EASY tool includes 6 screening questions that were developed based on an expert roundtable and follow-up panel activities. The philosophy behind the EASY is that screening should be a dynamic process in which participants learn to appreciate the importance of engaging in regular exercise, attending to health changes, recognizing a full range of signs and symptoms that might indicate potentially harmful events, and becoming familiar with simple safety tips for initiating and progressively increasing physical activity patterns. Representing a paradigm shift from traditional screening approaches that focus on potential risks of exercising, this tool emphasizes the benefits of exercise and physical activity for all individuals.

Resnick is with the Dept. of Organized Systems & Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21201. Ory, Hora, and Bolin are with the Health Science Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Rogers is with Dept. of Human Performance Studies, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Page is with The Hygenic Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA. Lyle is with Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Sipe is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC. Chodzko-Zajko is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, IL. Bazzarre is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.