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J Gerontol Nurs. 2000 Mar;26(3):26-33; quiz 52-3.

Changing health behaviors of older adults.

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College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston 02881-0841, USA.


1. Changing lifelong unhealthy habits can have a positive effect on health for older adults. 2. The Transtheoretical Model of behavior change proposes people move through a series of five stages and use a variety of processes as they attempt to change a behavior. 3. Research has shown that tailoring interventions to a individual's stage of change is most effective in promoting behavior change. 4. Specific stage-based strategies are recommended for nurses to use with both individuals and groups of older adults.

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