1. Gahimer, Julie Echsner PT, HSD
  2. Bates, Frank J. DPT, PT, MBA, GCS


The article describes the role of rehabilitation professionals in promoting physical activity for older adults and older adults with disabilities, including tools for implementing evidence-based programs. Using the plethora of resources articulated in this article, therapists will be able to enhance their wellness, fitness, and physical activity programming in their practice. Two innovative programs in which a university collaborated with a local YMCA to provide physical activity programming and 2 clinic-based programs developed by rehabilitation professionals are described. Conducting needs assessments, measuring outcomes, and being aware of facilitators and barriers to program participation are critical to program success.