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Achieving and sustaining behavior change for older adults: A Research Centers Collaborative Network workshop report.
Hughes JM, Brown RT, Fanning J, Raj M, Bisson A, Ghneim M, Kritchevsky SB. Achieving and sustaining behavior change for older adults: A Research Centers Collaborative Network workshop report. The Gerontologist. 2022 Dec 6.
Modifying unhealthy behaviors and/or environments may improve or maintain an older adult''s health. However, achieving and sustaining behavior change is challenging and depends upon clinical, social, psychological, and political domains. In an effort to highlight the multidisciplinary nature of behavior change, the NIA Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) held a two-day workshop, Achieving and sustaining behavior change for older adults. The workshop was informed by the socioecological model and designed to initiate dialogue around individual, community, and systems-level determinants of behavior change. This paper summarizes key topics presented during the workshop, discusses opportunities for future research, education, and training, and recommends how each of the six NIA research centers may pursue work in behavior change for older adults.