Vulnerability to physical inactivity in Australian older adults
ISPAH ePoster Library. Jongenelis M. Oct 15, 2018; 225206
Michelle Jongenelis
Michelle Jongenelis
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Despite physical activity being a crucial component of healthy ageing, older adults tend to engage in lower levels of physical activity relative to other population segments. To identify those seniors who may be particularly vulnerable to physical inactivity, we examined how physical activity engagement differs according to various demographic and psychological factors. . Methods:<\b>
Over 800 Australians aged 60+ completed a battery of measures that assessed various indicators of self-reported psychological well-being, physical health, and engagement in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Results:<\b>
Males, those with higher socioeconomic status, those who were married, and those who lived with a partner reported engaging in significantly more MVPA than females, those with lower socioeconomic status, those who were divorced, widowed, or single, and those who lived alone. Engagement in MVPA was positively associated with self-reported health, quality of life, psychological well-being, and satisfaction with life, and negatively associated with depressive symptoms. Conclusion:<\b>
As the relationship between physical activity and mental health is likely to be reciprocal in nature, efforts should be made to promote physical activity in older adults to foster healthy ageing. Females, those who do not have a partner and/or live alone, and those from low socioeconomic status backgrounds appear to be particularly vulnerable to physical inactivity and targeted efforts may be needed to ensure these population segments engage in adequate amounts of exercise. External funding details Funding: This work was supported by the Australian Research Council [DP140100365].
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