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Winter 12-15-2022


Physical activity is the fountain of youth, strengthening both the physical body as well as the mind, leading to better emotional stability and a general sense of well-being. The population over age 65 is nearing retirement age and are transitioning from a high paced work and family life to a slower and less active “empty nest” lifestyle. Among adults over age 65, will implementing an exercise program for 30 minutes per day increase mental well-being? The benefits of physical activity will be supported by gathering a group of older adults ages 65 and up from a local retirement community to exercise 30 minutes a day for four weeks. Educating the public to the benefits of increased mental well-being with daily physical activity is important for preventive medicine. Using social cognitive theory and self-care theory is an effective way to help the patient to be motivated, acquire skills, remove barriers, develop habits, and progress physically and mentally, using the patient’s own goals as positive reinforcement. Overcoming potential barriers of lack of support and/or motivation can be assisted by APRN’s by providing a means for accountability and follow-up.