A review of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults

Gardiner, Paul, Healy, Genevieve, Owen, Neville and Eakin, Elizabeth (2012). A review of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults. In: , 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in Active Ageing. 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, Glasgow, Scotland, (S302-S303). 13-17 August 2012.

Author Gardiner, Paul
Healy, Genevieve
Owen, Neville
Eakin, Elizabeth
Title of paper A review of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults
Conference name 8th World Congress on Active Ageing
Conference location Glasgow, Scotland
Conference dates 13-17 August 2012
Proceedings title 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in Active Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Journal of Aging and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 1063-8652
1543-267X
Volume 20
Issue Supplement
Start page S302
End page S303
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary Purpose: Compelling epidemiological evidence suggests sedentary behaviour as a potential target for health behaviour change in older adults. To date, there has been no review of interventions to influence sedentary behaviour in older adults. This review addressed two questions: 1) How many behaviour change interventions have reported sedentary behaviour outcomes? 2) What are the features of these interventions? Methods: A structured search of Medline, PsycINFO, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PEDro was conducted for articles published to end of 2011. Included studies reported change in sedentary behaviour following intervention in older adults. Information on study design, intervention features and behavioural outcomes was extracted, and summarized. Results: Of the six studies identified, two specifically targeted older adults, with the remainder having a study population with mean age >60 years. Only 1 intervention targeted sedentary behaviour exclusively, two targeted sedentary behaviour in conjunction with physical activity, and three reported sedentary behaviour outcomes following interventions to influence physical activity. Four interventions reported reductions in sedentary behaviour, including all three specifically targeting sedentary behaviour. These interventions all used device-based measures to assess outcomes. Conclusions: While the field of research on interventions to influence sedentary behaviour in older adults is in its infancy, results from these early studies indicate that reductions in sedentary behaviour are achievable. To advance the evidence, future intervention trials should use device-based measures, conduct controlled evaluations (with detailed reporting) of intervention strategies, and further examine the inclusion of physical activity messages in sedentary behaviour interventions.
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