In the Walk with Me Study, researchers are developing new methods to engage older adults in regular physical activity. Physical activity provides numerous benefits for older adults, but as people age, their activity levels decline rapidly.
Previous research suggests that interventions that are likely to produce sustainable changes in activity levels would address the individual barriers to participation (like using pedometers to build motivation), as well as tailoring the approach to their social (e.g. support from friends or family) and environmental (e.g. promoting use of parks) circumstances.
The aim of this study is to test the efficacy and the cost effectiveness of a peer-led walking programme for 60-70-year-old adults from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.
Walk with Me research development group is led by Prof Mark Tully, Ulster University