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The Journal on Active Aging brings articles of value to professionals dedicated to older-adult quality of life. Content sweeps across the active-aging landscape to focus on education and practice. Find articles of interest by searching the article archives in three ways: Enter a keyword in the articles search bar; click on search by topic; or type a keyword or phrase in the general search bar at the top of the page.

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Activity trackers: What's all the fuss about these small yet significant devices? by Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD-5888

Activity trackers: What's all the fuss about these small yet significant devices? by Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD

Millions of people of all ages are reaching for activity trackers (ATs) to help them increase their activity levels. These trackers, examples of wearable technology, are offered in a variety of forms and styles by companies such as Fitbit and Garmin, but all are designed to encourage wearers to move more and sit less. Recent research indicates that ATs may help users increase their physical activity levels through a combination of information, physical cues and behavioral techniques such as goal-setting, social support and motivational rewards.

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The Power of Posture: a program to encourage optimal posture by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Dayna Stoddart, BScPT-5449

The Power of Posture: a program to encourage optimal posture by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Dayna Stoddart, BScPT

Many parents encourage their children to “sit up straight” or “stand tall” to help them develop good posture. Why? Adults understand the impact of good posture on appearance. Fewer may realize that good posture is vital to overall health and well-being. The Power of Posture program promotes body awareness and alignment, functional movement patterns, and proper movements to encourage optimal posture.

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Using the small ball for function and fun by Brenda Jurich, BA-4972

Using the small ball for function and fun by Brenda Jurich, BA

Repeat and redo, restore and renew. That is the cycle group-fitness instructors go through over and over again. We thirst for new ideas and new ways to challenge our participants and still have fun. Besides the intrinsic value of bringing joy, color and fun to a class, the small ball is a versatile accessory to use for stretching, mind/body exercises and strength training.

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Middle Management from the Top Down: a program to support healthy weight management by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Catherine Solie, BA-4904

Middle Management from the Top Down: a program to support healthy weight management by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Catherine Solie, BA

As the population ages, there is a growing need for innovative programming for healthy weight management. Middle Management from the Top Down is a turnkey program that gives active-aging professionals the tools they need to create an effective educational program.

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Cook up a healthy eating program by Patricia Ryan-3605

Cook up a healthy eating program by Patricia Ryan

Within the physical dimension of wellness are physical activity, medical checkups, adequate sleep—and nutrition. The integration of both physical activity and nutrition is important to a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition provides the body’s fuel, and physical activity helps maintain functional ability. Combined, physical activity and good nutrition help support healthy aging.

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Exercise recommendations for older adults: an update by Nicole L. Rogers, PhD, and Michael E. Rogers, PhD, FACSM-1473

Exercise recommendations for older adults: an update by Nicole L. Rogers, PhD, and Michael E. Rogers, PhD, FACSM

Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the incidence of disability, increase the years of living independently, and improve the quality of life for older adults. A wealth of studies have found that regular exercise is associated with delayed all-cause mortality and a reduced chance of disability from diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, some forms of cancer, osteoporosis, and pulmonary disease. Exercise is also a valuable treatment for each of these conditions.

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