The Use of Volunteer Leaders to Support Older Adults in Physically Active Leisure

Patterson, Ian, Bartlett, Helen, Marshall, Alison L., & Mitchell, Geoff (2007) The Use of Volunteer Leaders to Support Older Adults in Physically Active Leisure. Australian Journal on Volunteering, 12(1), pp. 37-45.

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A number of government reports have advocated the importance of healthy ageing and the need to develop multiple strategies to increase the physical activity levels of older Australians. One approach recommended is to use social support strategies to increase exercise adherence as well as improving health related outcomes. This study recruited a number of volunteer leaders (who were known by the acronym 'PAM' that stood for 'Physical Activity Motivator'). These volunteer leaders assisted and supported participants aged 65 years and older to participate in a community-based physical leisure activity. This activity was chosen by the older participant from an inventory of existing physical activity programs in the community. This paper reports on the effectiveness of strategies used to recruit volunteer leaders to help provide social support for older participants. In addition, it explores the volunteer leaders’ perceptions of the training program and the contribution volunteer leaders made in helping to achieve long term exercise adherence for older participants.

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ID Code: 13933
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1325-8362
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Volunteering Australia
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:38

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