OBM Geriatrics

(ISSN 2638-1311)

OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 12 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). 

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Physical Activity Interventions: Effects on Physical Health, Cognition, and Psychological Well-Being Among Older Adults

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Weiyun Chen, PhD, Associate Professor

School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 48109

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Research Interests: Physical activity interventions; Cognitive functions; Physical activity behaviors; Physical fitness; Mental health and psychological well-being; Mixed-methods evaluation; Implementation outcomes evaluation

About This Topic

Regular physical activity is essential to improving and maintaining physical health, cognitive functions, and psychological well-being for older adults aged 65 and older. 2018 Physical Activity (PA) Guidelines recommend that older adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate PA per week. This should include aerobic endurance, muscle strength/endurance, flexibility, and balance exercises. Unfortunately, an objective measure of PA shows that <3% of older adults meet the recommended weekly minutes of PA. Thus, there is an urgent need for developing and implementing innovative intervention approaches to promoting and sustaining physical activity behaviors that contributing to improve physical health, cognition, and psychological well-being among older adults.

To help address the critical issue, this Special Issue is to call for original research articles and review articles that investigate effects of physical activity interventions on physical health, cognition, and psychological well-being among older adults.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Feasibility studies of implementing physical activity interventions for older adults.
  • Implementation outcomes underlying causal pathways between physical activity interventions and physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being among older adults.
  • Identifying mediators and moderators of the relationship between physical activity and physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being among older adults.
  • Identifying barriers and facilitators to developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being among older adults.
  • Effectiveness of physical activity interventions in increasing physical activity behaviors, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
  • Sustained effects of physical activity interventions on increasing physical activity behaviors, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
  • Comparing effects of cognitively-challenging physical activity interventions with aerobic exercises or strength exercises on improving physical activity behaviors, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
  • Effects of multilevel physical activity intervention on physical activity behaviors, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
  • Effects of technology-enhanced lifestyle physical activity interventions on improving physical activity, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
  • Effectiveness of a virtual physical activity intervention program promoting physical activity, physical health, cognition, and/or psychological well-being of older adults.
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