2023 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Mary Pritchard


Older adults commonly hope to remain healthy and live independently until death. Lack of regular, sustained physical exercise results in a decline in physical functioning, impacting the elderly’s ability to perform activities needed for daily living. Previous research explored factors leading to attraction and adherence to senior exercise programs; however, few studies prioritize them. This study’s purpose was to better understand, via a prioritized list, what attracts and promotes adherence to physical exercise programs at the Treasure Valley (Boise, Idaho) YMCA. Study data collected will improve the YMCA’s ability to engage with seniors and better serve and improve community health.