55+ Physical Activity

Dr. Rhodes has been conducting research on physical activity and older adults for over 20 years, including critical reviews, physical activity and adults with chronic disease, and interventions for new retirees.
We are not currently recruiting participants for a study on promoting physical activity in recently retired and empty nest populations.


Please find some of our key research papers on older adults and physical activity below:


  1. Cox, Amy, & Rhodes. R.E. (2023). Increasing Physical Activity in Empty Nest and Retired Populations Online: A Randomized Feasibility Study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Advance online publication.
  2. Reis, N. A., Waldhauser, K.J., Hives, B.A., Hulteen, R. M., Ruissen, G. R., Wierts, C. M., Puterman, E., Liu, Y., Rhodes, R. E., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2023). Effects of older adults’ social identification on psychological flourishing and exercise program adherence. Psychology & Health. 1-13. Advanced online publication.
  3. Smith, M., Mark, R., Nette, H. & Rhodes, R.E. (2023). Correlates and participation in community-based exercise programming for cancer patients before and during COVID-19. Supportive Care in Cancer, 31(6), 319.
  4. Tabaczynski, A., Arbour-Nicitopoulos, K.P., Rhodes, R.E., Sabiston, C.M., & Trinh, L. (2023). Correlates of physical activity participation among individuals diagnosed with cancer: An application of the multiprocess action control framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(5), 4345.
  5. Mustafa, H., Harrison, A., Sun, Y., Pearcey, G.E.P., Nazaroff, B.M., Follmer, B. Rhodes, R.E., & Zehr, E.P. (2022). Five weeks of Yuishinkai karate training improves balance and neuromuscular function in older adults: A preliminary study. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 14(1), 65.
  6. Davis, J.C., Rhodes, R.E., Khan, K.M., Mansournia, M.A., Khosravi, A., Chan, P., Zhao, M., Jehu, D.A., & Liu-Ambrose, T. (2021). Cognitive function and functional mobility predict exercise adherence in older adults who fall. Gerontology, 67(3), 350-356.
  7. Beauchamp, M.R., Liu, Y., Dunlop, W.L., Ruissen, G.R., Schmader, T., Harden, S.M., Wolf, S.A., Puterman, E., Sheel, A.W., & Rhodes, R.E.(2021). Psychological mediators of exercise adherence among older adults in a group-based randomized trial. Health Psychology, 40(3), 166-177.
  8. Cox, A., & Rhodes, R.E.(2020). Increasing Physical Activity in Empty Nest and Retired Populations Online: A Randomized Feasibility Trial Protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(10), 3544.
  9. Bangsbo, J., Blackwell, J., Boraxbekk, C.J., Caserotti, P., Dela, F., Evans, A.B., … (including Rhodes, R.E.,) & Vina, J. (2019). The Copenhagen Consensus Statement 2019: Physical activity and ageing. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(14), 856-858.
  10. Beauchamp, M. R., Ruissen, G.R., Dunlop, W. L., Estabrooks, P. A. Harden, S.,M, Wolf, S. A., Liu, Y., Schmader, T., Puterman, E., Sheel, A. W., & Rhodes, R.E.(2018). Group-based physical activity for older adults (GOAL) randomized controlled trial: Exercise adherence outcomes. Health Psychology, 37(5), 451-461.
  11. Kowalski, K., MacDonald, S.W.S., Yeates, K.O., Tuokko, H., Rhodes, R.E.(2018). Decomposing the within-person and between-person sources of variation in physical activity-cognition associations for low active older adults. Psychology and Health, 33(12), 1431-1455.
  12. Vallerand, J.R., Rhodes, R.E., Walker, G.J., & Courneya, K.S. (2018). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an exercise telephone counselling intervention for hematologic cancer survivors: A phase II randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 12(3), 357-370.
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