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Physical Activity in People Age 80 Years and Older as a Means of Counteracting Disability, Balanced in Relation to Frailty

Journal article
Authors A. K. Weimer
Annicka Mörck
Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff
Published in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 317–331
ISSN 1063-8652
Publication year 2012
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 317–331
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2219028...
Keywords focus groups, physical activity, aged 80 and over, daily activities
Subject categories Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Older people and ageing

Abstract

The aim of this study was to describe experiences of physical activity, perceived meaning, and the importance of and motives and barriers for participation in physical activity in people 80 years of age and older. A qualitative design with focus-group methodology was used. The sample consisted of 20 communityliving people age 80–91 yr. Data analyses revealed 4 themes: physical activity as a part of everything else in life, joie de vivre, fear of disease and dependence, and perceptions of frailty. Our results suggest that physical activity was not seen as a separate activity but rather as a part of activities often rated as more important than the physical activity itself. Thus, when designing physical activity interventions for elderly people, health care providers should consider including time for social interaction and possibilities to be outdoors. Moreover, assessment of physical activity levels among elderly people should include the physical activity in everyday activities.

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