Physical Activity and Senior Games Participation: Benefits, Constraints, and Behaviors

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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The purpose of the article was to examine the physical activity perceptions and behaviors of older adults who were active participants in a statewide senior games (i.e., North Carolina Senior Games; NCSG) program with its focus on year-round involvement through activities in local communities. A random sample of 440 older adults (55 years and older) completed a questionnaire in 2006 about their participation in community-based senior games. A uniqueness of this study is its focus on active older adults, which provides insight into how to maintain physical involvement. Older adults who were most active perceived the most benefits from senior games but did not necessarily have the fewest constraints. This study of NCSG as an organization designed to promote healthy living in communities offered an example of how a social-ecological framework aimed at health promotion can be applied.

Cardenas is with the Dept. of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. Henderson and Wilson are with the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8004.