alexa Perceived Barriers, Facilitators and Patterns of Physical Activity of Olderold Adults Living in Assisted Retirement Accommodation : a qualitative and quantitative pilot research
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Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
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Perceived Barriers, Facilitators and Patterns of Physical Activity of Olderold Adults Living in Assisted Retirement Accommodation : a qualitative and quantitative pilot research

Frances Moran1, Freya MacMillan2, Jennifer Smith-Merry3, Sharon Kilbreath1 and Dafna Merom1*
1School of Science and Health, The University of Western Sydney, Australia
2Department of Neurophysiology, The University of Sydney, Australia
3Department of Mental Health, The University of Sydney, Australia
Corresponding Author : Dafna Merom
Department of Physical Activity and Health
The University of Western Sydney
Penrith, Australia
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Received August 29, 2015; Accepted November 16, 2015; Published November 24, 2015
Citation: Moran F, MacMillan F, Smith-Merry J, Kilbreath S, Merom D (2015) Perceived Barriers, Facilitators and Patterns of Physical Activity of Older-old Adults Living in Assisted Retirement Accommodation. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 4:255. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000255
Copyright: © 2015 Moran F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Objective: To measure physical activity and identify perceived barriers and facilitators of physical activity for people aged >80 years in assisted living (AL). Methods: Focus groups and physical activity measures were conducted n=20 (AL) and n=20 independently living (IL). Physical activity (step counts, light and moderate to vigorous activity) was measured by SenseWear Armbands. Results: Thematic analysis identified barrier and facilitator themes. IL participants had significantly greater step counts and spent significantly more time in light intensity physical activity than AL participants. Conclusions: Health concerns, fear of injury and motivation were important barriers. Barriers unique to AL were perceived difficulty of physical activity and old age. Social and physical environments were key facilitators of physical activity. Social support was important for both genders. More staff involvement was a key facilitator of physical activity in AL participants. Suggestions for improving physical activity for older people living in assisted care are identified.

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