Physical activity levels of older adults in residential care
ISPAH ePoster Library. Spratt-O'Shea N. Oct 16, 2018; 225340; 342
Niamh Spratt-O'Shea
Niamh Spratt-O'Shea
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Abstract IntroductionPhysical activity has been shown to steadily decline with increasing age among older adults (aged 60+) in Ireland. Research has shown that older adults in residential care are mostly inactive; this inactivity has a negative effect on physical fitness and quality of life. The purpose of this study is to assess physical activity levels of older adults in nursing homes within a county in the south-east of Ireland, as to date no such research has been undertaken on this population. MethodsTen nursing homes have been selected to take part in the study. The Physical Activity Survey for the Elderly (PASE) will be used to assess physical activity levels. The validity and reliability of the PASE questionnaire has been established in a number of studies on older adults and has been deemed a valid measure of physical activity in this cohort. ResultsPASE consists of 12 questions related to various forms of physical activity carried out over the previous seven days. Scores will be calculated from pre-determined weights and frequency given to each type of activity. The activity weight will be multiplied by the frequency and a total PASE score will be obtained. ConclusionConclusions regarding the physical activity levels of older adults in nursing care will be established from the PASE questionnaire results.
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