Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS
There is limited evidence in the current body of literature regarding the implementation of an intergenerational programs that include physical activity as a key component.
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to evaluate an intergenerational program, Grow and Play, with an emphasis in physical activity for older adults and children during an afterschool program at the local community center.
METHODS: Eight community-dwelling older adults (mean age: 80.7) and nine children (mean age: 9.77) joined Grow and Play at the Winter Park Community Center for nine weeks for a total of 16 sessions. The Grow and Play protocol consisted of baseline measurements, including fall-risk assessments, a twice-weekly 90-minute intervention over nine weeks, and post-assessments after the intervention was completed. Measures were analyzed via paired t-tests through SPSS using an alpha level of 0.1.
RESULTS: The data highlights high feasibility and acceptability for Grow and Play, as well as treatment adherence, fidelity to the program, and session evaluations are outlined.
CONCLUSION: This article guides future creation of intergenerational programs by highlighting the importance of physical activity as a main component, but also the ability to improve adherence and benefits of these programs.
Combs, Kayla; Goodale, McKaleigh; and Hart, Chelsea, "Investigating the Impact of an Innovative Intergenerational Physical Activity Program" (2020). UCF DPT Research Capstone. 17.