Physical Activity Programmes in Residential Care Settings

  • Mary Ann Kluge
Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)


Residential communities or care settings for older adults are called many things: residential-care communities (RCCs), care centres (CCs), continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs), or long-term care (LTC) facilities. Distinct from day centres, senior centres, or hospital settings, the popularity of these residential communities varies globally (Dupuis et al., 2012; Iwarsson et al., 2007). Anywhere from 4% to 10% of older U.S. and Canadian citizens live in residential communities for older adults. While fewer older adults in countries within the European Union, New Zealand, and Australia live in such facilities, numbers are increasing (Dupuis et al. 2012; Grant, 2006).


Physical Activity Residential Care Physical Activity Programming Assisted Living Social Policy Journal 
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