Temporal characteristics of habitual physical activity periods among older adults

Egerton, T. and Brauer, S. (2009) Temporal characteristics of habitual physical activity periods among older adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6 5: 644-650.

Author Egerton, T.
Brauer, S.
Title Temporal characteristics of habitual physical activity periods among older adults
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
Publication date 2009-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 5
Start page 644
End page 650
Total pages 6
Editor Hootman, J. M.
Kohl, H. W.
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
110603 Motor Control
Formatted abstract
Background: While physical activity is advocated for the elderly, little is known about the patterns of habitual activity of older people, particularly those in aged care. This study employed a novel approach to analyzing activity data to compare the temporal characteristics of daily activity between 15 older people living at home with 16 living in an aged care facility.
Methods: The time spent standing and walking, and the number and duration of upright activity periods (greater than 1 minute) were monitored for 72 hr continuously.
Results: Despite variation in all measures across the participants, those living in aged care spent significantly less time upright per day (2.3 hr vs. 7.2 hr), standing (1.6 hr vs. 5 hr), and walking (0.7 hr vs. 2.2 hr) than those living at home. Participants in both groups had a similar number of activity periods; however, the median activity period duration was less for those living in aged care (4 min vs. 8 min).
Conclusions: Activity levels of both groups were low compared with recommendations. In particular, aged care residents were rarely upright for 30 min continuously, supporting the need for services to promote physical activity of older people particularly those living in aged care facilities.
Keyword Accelerometry
Aged care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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