Optimizing Physical Activity in Older Adults


Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

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Delirium and depression may coexist but are not the same diagnosis.  Among the older adult population depression may often be confused with delirium or dementia. Participate in this module to better understand the difference between delirium and depression in older adults and learn the standardized tools for measuring cognitive, behavioral, and/or mood changes. Acquire successful strategies for managing delirium and depression using pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the typical physical activity levels among adults in the U.S. and the recommendations for the amount and type of physical activity for older adults
  2. Describe how cardiovascular activity, strength training, flexibility, and balance training are necessary to maintain or improve health in late life
  3. Discuss behavioral strategy approaches for improving physical activity adherence for older adults
  4. Describe the components and benefits of the Fit & Strong! program

Author Bios

Renae Smith-Ray, PhD, MA

David X. Marquez, PhD, FGSA, FACSM, FSBM
Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Susan Hughes, PhD
Center for Research on Health and Aging
Institute for Health Research and Policy
Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health

David X. Marquez: David X. Marquez, PhD received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Associate Professor with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Marquez’ area of specialization is in Exercise Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. His research agenda focuses on disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among older Latinos. His research also includes examining the factors that influence the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease among older Latinos.

Susan L. Hughes, PhD, MSW is a Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois Chicago. She also directs the Center for Research on Health and Aging in the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy. She has over 25 years’ experience conducting policy relevant evaluations and health promotion interventions for older adults. She has served as Principal Investigator of four successive iterations of a National Institute on Aging (NIH) Edward R. Roybal Center award that stimulates the development of evidence-based programs for older adults across the UIC campus through a competitive pilot funding program. Dr. Hughes is the originator of the nationally recognized Fit & Strong! evidence-based health promotion program for older adults with arthritis. Fit & Strong! has been recognized as a top tier evidence-based program for older adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administration on Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is listed on the Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website of the National Cancer Institute and is being offered by aging services providers in nine states. Dr. Hughes has served on an Institute of Medicine Committee to Plan a Study of National Long Term Care Reform, and performed seminal work developing and testing the Home-Based Primary Care home care model now being used in the VA nationally. She serves on numerous federal, state and local advisory committees and mentoring programs. She holds a BA from Manhattanville College, an MSW from Simmons College and a PhD in social policy and practice in health from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago