¡ojo! What to expect in recruiting and retaining older Latinos in physical activity programs

David X. Marquez, Susan Aguiñaga, Amparo Castillo, Susan L. Hughes, Cheryl Der Ananian, Melicia C. Whitt-Glover

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Older Latinos are the fastest growing cohort among older adults in the USA, and their lives are often fraught with comorbidities, such as diabetes and obesity. Strong evidence has demonstrated health benefits of regular physical activity for older adults. In spite of this, older Latinos participate in low levels of physical activity. Interventions designed to increase the physical activity of older Latinos are lacking, yet more are emerging as the number of older Latinos grows. Unfortunately, older Latinos face many impediments to participating in physical activity interventions that researchers are unaware of. The purpose of the current article was to identify barriers that researchers are likely to face in conducting physical activity interventions for older Latinos, highlighting recently identified barriers, and providing barriers we encountered specifically with older Latino adults; and strategies to overcome these barriers to implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1566-1572
Number of pages7
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Health disparities
  • Physical activity
  • Racial/ethnic minority
  • Recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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