Acceptability of Intergenerational Physical Activity Programming: A Mixed Methods Study of Latino Aging Adults in Nebraska

Athena K. Ramos, Danae Dinkel, Natalia Trinidad, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Karen Schmeits, Diana Molina, Julie B. Boron

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Objective: This study explored Hispanic/Latino aging adults’ interest in and preferences for intergenerational physical activity programming. Methods: We used an exploratory sequential (Qual-QUAN) mixed methods design consisting of three focus groups (N = 13 participants; M age = 62.5 years old) and a quantitative survey (N = 105 participants; M age = 57.3 years old). Results: We found that most participants were interested in intergenerational physical activity programs: (1) to promote overall health and well-being, (2) increase opportunities for socialization and relationships, and (3) foster motivation and energy. Preferences for programming included cultural tailoring, bilingual and Spanish-language offerings, and being conducted in-person. Barriers to physical activity included cost, scheduling, transportation, and limited awareness of community resources. Discussion: Innovative public health initiatives incorporating an intergenerational approach may promote physical activity among aging adults. This study has implications for developing and refining intergenerational programming with Hispanic/Latino communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • community engaged research
  • culturally responsive programs
  • middle-aged and older adults
  • mixed methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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