The role of the instructor in exercise and physical activity programmes for older people

Helen Hawley-Hague*, Bob Laventure, Dawn A. Skelton

*Corresponding author for this work

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The instructor must work with health and social care services, commissioners, family, friends, and peers to optimise older peoples’ participation in exercise and physical activity programmes. Personal attributes of the instructor, such as leadership and conscientiousness, and learnt skills, such as goal setting and engaging social activity, are important in supporting older people to engage. These skills can be gained through training and experience and influence both uptake and retention. Further research is required to understand more about the role of the instructor in different settings and in relation to physical activity. Before concluding, we highlight key recommendations for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Ageing and Physical Activity Promotion
EditorsSamuel R. Nyman, Anna Barker, Terry Haines, Khim Horton, Charles Musselwhite, Geeske Peeters, Christina R. Victor, Julia Katharina Wolff
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319712918
ISBN (Print)9783319712901, 9783030100377
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2018


  • physical activity programs
  • long-term care
  • training apps
  • uptake
  • exercise instructors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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