Social support and leisure-time physical activity among the elderly: a population-based study

Boehm, Andrea Wendt, Mielke, Gregore Iven, da Cruz, Mauricio Feijo, Ramires, Virgilio Viana and Wehrmeister, Fernando C. (2016) Social support and leisure-time physical activity among the elderly: a population-based study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 6: 599-605. doi:10.1123/jpah.2015-0277


Author Boehm, Andrea Wendt
Mielke, Gregore Iven
da Cruz, Mauricio Feijo
Ramires, Virgilio Viana
Wehrmeister, Fernando C.
Title Social support and leisure-time physical activity among the elderly: a population-based study
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-5474
1543-3080
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2015-0277
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 599
End page 605
Total pages 7
Place of publication Champaign, IL United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background:
Physical inactivity in elderly is a public health problem. The purpose of this study is to describe and test the association between social support and leisure-time physical activity among the elderly.

Methods:
A cross-sectional, population-based study with 1,285 subjects (60+ years old) living in a city in southern Brazil was carried out in 2014. Physical activity practice was measured using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire [leisure domain: at least 150 minutes per week of walking + moderate physical activity + 2(vigorous physical activity)], while social support was measured using the Physical Activity Social Support Scale.

Results:
The prevalence of elderly who reached the recommendations of leisure-time physical activity was 18.4%. The elderly persons who had the company of family or friends to walk had a 2.45 times higher prevalence of reaching the recommendations of physical activity in leisure than those who did not. Those who had company of friends to practice moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were 3.23 times more likely to reach physical activity recommendations than their counterparts. The least common social support was the joint practice for walking and for MVPA.

Conclusions:
Strategies that incentivize family members and friends to provide social support to the elderly for physical activity focusing on joint practice must be encouraged.
Keyword Exercise
Aging
Epidemiology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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