The core research approach of the consortium will be theory-based and participatory empirical intervention research to study the contextual conditions and the effects of physical activity promotion in populations aged 65 and above. The general objectives of the research network are:
- To strengthen the evidence base for preventive physical activity in the context of healthy ageing in Germany, including health economic aspects.
- To conduct research regarding the environmental, contextual and individual conditions enabling physical activity interventions among older adults.
- To implement a strategic linkage of urban planning and public health strategies at the local level to facilitate physical activity of older adults in the context of the built environment.
- To develop new approaches for understanding and monitoring the impact of physical activity interventions on health equity.
- To investigate the role of new technologies in supporting physical activity among older adults.
- To develop a strong interdisciplinary regional prevention research network on public health interventions.
- To create an international interdisciplinary prevention research graduate programme.
Specific objectives are defined for each subproject separately.
The AEQUIPA research programme as presented here concentrates on the first three years of a long-term research framework. All projects initiated in this programme are expected to continue and develop further beyond the first three years.
Overall, the research results generated in this network will directly address national and international health targets for healthy ageing. The results are of key relevance for the German health care system as they will contribute to an evidence-based development and selection of intervention strategies for physical activity for older adults. Notably, these strategies need to take into account and actively counteract potentially harmful effects with regard to health inequalities.