Less than 15% of seniors exercise regularly, despite the fact that regular exercise can help prevent chronic diseases and falls. In addition, many seniors report that traditional exercise programs aren’t enjoyable.
The Bingocize Program, part of Extension's Healthy Aging initiative, mixes exercise, health education, and bingo to get seniors to exercise, socialize and have fun. The 10-week evidence-based program is meant to be played twice a week on nonconsecutive days, and each session usually lasts 45-60 minutes.
The program offers three types of curriculum: exercise only, falls prevention and nutrition. It can also be implemented remotely or in a traditional face-to-face setting.
Bingocize was developed by Western Kentucky University and meets the highest level criteria for evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs as established by the Administration on Aging Evidence-Based Programs Review Committee. The Health Communities Institute also recognized it as an evidence-based practice, and it's been approved by both SNAP-Ed and The National Council on Aging. Since 2011, it has been successfully implemented in assisted living and independent living facilities across the country. In Nevada, it will be implemented in limited-resource apartment complexes and senior centers in Churchill, Clark, Elko, Lyon, Pershing and White Pine counties.