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Walk 'n' Talk for your Life




United Way and Central Okanagan Foundation

Project Period:
2013 - 2019

Based on the literature and co-created in collaborative consultation with nearly 400 seniors, Walk ā€˜nā€™ Talk for Your Life (WTL) is a 10-week community-based program of socialization/health education (SHE) and graduated physical activity for older adults at risk of social isolation and loneliness (SI&L).

Ongoing program analyses reveal that by program end, participants show promising increases in functional fitness and decreases in measures of loneliness and social isolation.

This program is also being carried on at Sun Pointe Village Baptist housing by their specially trained activities coordinator.

Presentations & Publications:

Akyurekli, C. & Wilson, J. 2015. Walk nā€™ Talk for your Life National Geriatric Interest Group Journal, 3, 20-24.

Hwang, J., Wang, L., & Jones, C.A. 2016. Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness in Community Exercise Programs for Seniors. UBCMJ, In Press.

Hwang, J., Wang, L., & Jones, C.A. Walk and Talk for your Life: A community program aimed at reducing social isolation and improving function fitness among older adults. Manuscript in preparation.

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