From 2011 to 2021:
- About 25 rural Iowa counties offered the LIFE
- Over 340 older adults enrolled in the LIFE Program.
- Over 100 younger adults served
as LIFE Program trainers.
The LIFE Program was shown to increase physical activity
participation and perceived wellness, functional fitness,
and well-being in older adults. It was also shown to
reduce ageism and increase knowledge and expectations
about aging among younger adults.
In September 2019, the Extension Committee on
Organization and Policy (ECOP) Adult Development and
Aging Workgroup (ADAW) named the LIFE Program as one of
eight programs "that exemplify strong outcomes."
For more in-depth information on program results:
Sowle, A.J., Francis, S.L., Margrett, J.A., Shelley,
M.C., & Franke, W.D. (2017). A Community-Based Exergaming
Physical Activity Program Improves Readiness-to-Change
and Self-Efficacy among Rural-Residing Older Adults.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 25(3),
Francis, S.L., Margrett, J.A., Hoerr, K., Peterson, M.J.,
Scott, A., & Franke, W.D. (2014). Intergenerational
Service Learning Program Improves Aging Knowledge and
Expectations and Reduces Ageism in Younger Adults.
Journal of Youth Development, 9(3).
Strand, K.A., Francis, S.L., Margrett, J.A., Franke,
W.D., & Peterson, M.J. (2014). Community-Based Exergaming
Program Increases Physical Activity and Perceived
Wellness in Older Adults. Journal of Aging and
Physical Activity, 22(3), 364-371.