ERIC Number: ED239187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Aging and Health--Changing Life-Styles.
Koss, Rosabel S.
The number of people who are living past age 65 is increasing dramatically. Although few stereotypes or generalizations apply to this population, older citizens still suffer from a societal attitude of agism. Studies on aging have demonstrated that chronological age does not predict physical condition or behavior. In fact, the current generation of older Americans are better educated, more economically independent, and are in better health than any previous generation. However, studies have shown that older citizens are concerned about their safety, identity, stimulation, transportation, and physical exercise. Research has found lifestyle to be the best correlate of health, exercise, and vigor. The Alliance Committee on Aging, begun in 1974, is devoted to expanding and initiating professional preparation programs in health, physical education, recreation, and dance for service to the older population. Emphasis is placed on human movement, values, and stress management as life enhancing goals for older citizens. The Alliance publishes program directories and is instrumental in advocating guidelines, standards, and professional certification. (Guidelines for Exercise Programs for Older Persons is appended.) (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
Note: Paper presented by the Chairperson of the AAHPERD Committee on Aging at the National Council on Aging (Detroit, MI, March 13-16, 1983).